Bob Waldmire, The Green Book & A Mystery or Two

The mural by the iconic artist Bob Waldmire, a pioneer in the Route 66 renaissance movement, on the side of the old Tavern at TNT Auto Center is one of Kingman's treasures. Given the popularity of Waldmire's work the lack of official promotion for this gem has long...

Hard Times, Good Times & Odd Times

The family has graciously offered to share their story, a true tale of inspiration and of a family of immigrants that built a small empire along Route 66 in the desert southwest. I eagerly await their email as this should make for some interesting reading. I stumbled...

Windows On The Past

Historic photos are fractions of time frozen forever. They are windows on the past. And they are puzzle pieces that when put with together with newspaper articles from that period, old letters, diaries and similar materials bring the picture into focus. As an example...

So, What’s Next?

So, what's next? Funny that you should ask. This is exactly what I have been asking myself this past few days. If things go as planned (that would be different) I should be busier than a one legged man in a behind kicking contest. I have set a rather ambitious goal of...

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Welcome To Jim Hinckley’s America

Welcome To Jim Hinckley’s America

Two Weeks. Fourteen days. Three hundred thirty six hours. A mere blink of an eye in geologic times. But this is Jim Hinckley's America where things change faster than a politicians principled stand on an issue during an election campaign. In that brief amount of time...

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Mysteries, Clues and The Occasional Answer

In 1898, the year that William Harvey Hubbs was elected Mohave County Sheriff, a fire swept along Front Street. It started in the White Hills Mercantile Company. Soon the Gaddis & Perry warehouse, the Kingman Mercantile Company, E. F. Thompson’s saloon, Rosborough...

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Wake Up With Jim, December 9, 2021 On this mornings program we take a Route 66 trip with Jack Rittenhouse. Did I forget to mention that our odyssey takes place in 1946?  Rittenhouse's A Guide Book to Highway 66 didn't sell as well as expected when it...

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Wake Up With Jim, December 8, 2021 Welcome to Needles - Arizona. This morning America's storyteller shares the odd stories of two frontier era communities named Needles, both with a Route 66 connection. Remember, it is better to fill the head with...

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Hang Em’ High

Hang Em’ High

At 2:00 in the afternoon of January 19, 1907, C.C. Leigh was hung in the yard of the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, Arizona. This marked the final chapter in a story that had started on a hot evening on September 8, 1905 when Leigh murdered Jennie Bauters, his...

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The Twisted Story of Mohave County

Five county seats in less than twenty years. Political intrigue. Conspiracy theories about voter fraud and stolen elections. A courthouse turned hotel on Route 66. A century old courthouse with unique WWI memorial. This is the story of Mohave County, Arizona The story...

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