Route 66 history

At The Intersection of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

It is a landmark for Route 66 enthusiasts. It has appeared in advertisement for German based Condor Airlines and on primetime television programs. It is a tangible link to more than seventy years of Route 66 history, and to how immigrants have shaped America. And...

Tales Of Inspiration & Independent Thinking

An accident as a child left Charles blind, yet he became a prolific inventor best remembered as the creator of cruise control. At age four Mary's family moved deep into the north woods of Minnesota and built a log cabin by hand. She was a musical prodigy that wrote...

Changing The World, One Partnership At A Time

When Beth and Paul of Kingman Main Street first approached me, I was taking sunrise photos for a project at the desert oasis of Beale Springs near Kingman, Arizona. They had an idea for a project that would enhance tourism, and that would transform the community...
Blurring The Line

Blurring The Line

History has an interesting way of using the past to reflect the future. I was deep into a research project about the Great Depression, the implosion of the American auto industry and an era of dramatic societal as well as technological transition when I stumbled on a...

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Urban Legends on Route 66

Urban Legends on Route 66

An article published by the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2010 detailed a discovery that confirmed a local urban legend was in fact true. In Kingman, Arizona, there are bodies under the high school football field, and possibly at the site of two other cemeteries! That...

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Dusty Gems

Dusty gems abound along the Route 66 corridor (Andy Devine Avenue) in Kingman, Arizona. Each is a tangible link to the glory days of this storied highway. Each tantalizes the imagination. With thought given to the fast approaching Route 66 centennial, each quickens...

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The Contest Begins!

The Contest Begins!

My latest book, Here We Are ... On Route 66, released at the end of January is not a travel guide. But I am confident that it will inspire a road trip or two. And I am going to give away an autographed copy to the first person who can solve a Route 66 puzzle. Here is...

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The Contest Begins!

The Contest Begins!

My latest book, Here We Are ... On Route 66, released at the end of January is not a travel guide. But I am confident that it will inspire a road trip or two. And I am going to give away an autographed copy to the first person who can solve a Route 66 puzzle. Here is...

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A Burro By Any Other name

A Burro By Any Other name

Walter is the honorary mayor in Oatman, Arizona, a ghost town on Route 66 that is often busier than Time Square on New Years Eve. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting him this past weekend during a book signing at Jackass Junction. I would be remiss if it were not...

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Mysteries

The Old Trails Garage dates to 1915. It was built by J.W. Thompson for M.G. Wagner who had operated the original Old Trails Garage on South Front Street, now Topeka Street. It is one of the oldest remaining auto repair facilities in Kingman and retains an unaltered...

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