Milestones

It has been a week of milestones, and of course that got me to thinking

Bloody 66
The newest book, number 19, is a walk on the dark side of Route 66 (and the National Old Trails Road). Photo Joe Sonderman collection

about milestones. The Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook page hit a milestone, 4,000 followers. The newest book (number 19) is now in the hands of the editor at Rio Nuevo Publishing. The recently launched Jim Hinckley’s America Adventurers Club group on Facebook that is linked to the page now has 190 members. According to last weeks test results, I now have a 40% proficiency in German. No one is more surprised about this than me. The reach of the weekly Facebook live programs has reached 17.5 thousand people. And the number of supporters that now subscribe to our crowdfunding Patreon site has 25.  (more…)

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Did You Miss Me?

Noting that shared adventures are the best adventures has

Introducing a Dutch tour group to the intricacies of driving a 1923 double T Ford truck. Photo Daniel Kuperus

become a trademark of sorts. When it comes to Jim Hinckley’s America those shared adventures range from road trips to Facebook live programs, navigating the often confusing world of apps and software programs, research projects and even driving lessons in a 1923 double T Ford truck. In my world every day dawns with an opportunity for new adventures.

As I haven’t posted in awhile you may have guessed that an adventure was unfolding and that this adventure would be shared. Actually there were a number of adventures unfolding and as a result, the schedule was quite full from daylight to well past dark. Did you miss me?

Let’s see if I can keep this brief, but interesting and informative. Last week Jan Kuperus of Netherlands based U.S. Bikers contacted me. His spring Route 66 tour was on the road but resultant of a medical situation, a visa snafu, and a couple of other unforeseen problems he was short on guides. So, at just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, for the low cost of a $75 ticket, I boarded the east bound Southwest Chief at the Kingman railroad depot and headed out for Albuquerque.  (more…)

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Mummies, Soap, Beer, Vitamins & Death on Route 66

It seemed so simple. Talk with the editor, sell the idea, write the article,

take a few pictures, and wait for the check. That was in 1990. Since that date the quest to become a writer when I grow up has been quite the adventure with more twists and turns than Route 66 in the Black Mountains of Arizona. The latest chapter, still being written, could very well be the strangest, the most interesting, and wildest to date. Vitamin infused beer, home security systems, Egyptian mummies, death on Route 66, cars with laminated papier-mache body panels, an ancient Jewish cemetery, hand made soap, and young entrepreneurs are just a few of the highlights!  (more…)

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Birdcages, Bathtubs & Chevrolet

David Buick was a sharp minded inventor but a very poor

Legend of the Buick
Buick’s chief engineer, Walter Marr and Thomas D. Buick, son of David Buick. Photo courtesy GM archives.

businessman. Aside from the automobile that carried his name, Buick was essentially the father of the modern bathtub as he is the fellow who developed the method of affixing porcelain to cast iron. Resultant of numerous failed endeavors he died impoverished and largely forgotten.

Buick was not the only automotive company to evolve from unrelated endeavors. The Goodwin Car & Manufacturing Company of Poughkeepsie, New York started as a manufacturer of railroad dump cars. The Welch manufactured in Chelsea, Michigan began life as the Chelsea Manufacturing Company that produced small metal novelties and souvenirs. The company behind the legendary Pierce-Arrow, a luxury car known throughout the world for its hand built attention to detail began as the Heintz, Pierce & Munschauer, a leading manufacturer of birdcages, ice boxes, and other household items.  (more…)

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Shared Adventures Are Memorable Adventures

Unraveling the story behind a smoldering body dressed in a

The Haunting Beauty of The Beale Hotel
There is a haunting beauty in the mezzanine of the Hotel Beale lit by a morning glow from the skylight. #jimhinckleysamerica

Canadian military uniform discovered along the National Old Trails Road near Seligman, Arizona in 1919 was just one of the projects that has made this week unforgettable. On the weekly live Adventurers Club program I provided a glimpse inside the historic and long shuttered Beale Hotel in Kingman, Arizona. Two radio interviews provided an opportunity to promote a few of my favorite places such as the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri, Grand Canyon Caverns, and Clanton’s Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma. They also allowed for the promotion of the First Friday festivities in Kingman. I also had several opportunities to highlight the power of pooled resource marketing and at the same time help ensure travelers had an unforgettable experience.  (more…)

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The Joy of Telling People Where To Go
Welcome to Valentine, Arizona

The Joy of Telling People Where To Go

It is a God given gift, or so people tell me. I first began

harnessing that gift for telling people where to go in 1990 with the writing and publication of feature articles and books (18 to date with another due for release this year). Initially it was largely viewed as a means to stave off starvation. Then I began to meet the most wonderful and inspirational people. Then those people began to seek me out during their adventures, and to tell their friends to do the same. In turn this led to the promotion of my adopted hometown, Kingman, Arizona, and America’s small town, Route 66.

100 Things To Do On Route 66 Before You Die

The ultimate bucket list - from restaurants to photo ops, from time capsule motels to attractions here are 100 of author Jim Hinckley's favorite places on Route 66

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A Hearty Thank You, An Apology & An Expression of Frustration

Are you familiar with the new Facebook Live Creative Kit? It is an

amazing program that provides everything needed to transform a Facebook live broadcast into a nice, clean, studio quality production. It is exactly what I needed to take the Adventurers Club programs to the next level, and to provide business owners that  support the crowdfunding initiative with a promotional bang for their investment. That was my thought before discovering that in its current configuration it is one of the most insidious time consuming projects ever devised, an endless source of frustration, and in my humble opinion about as worthless as teats on a boar. Needless to say, I am not pleased. I am, however, thankful that the whereabouts of the designers are unknown to me. (more…)

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Edsel Ford Slept Here

In my world the past and present blend seamlessly. There are

days when I spend hours reading century old journals, perusing old newspapers,  and then write about a trip across the Mojave Desert in 1915. In my office, all around me are tangible links to an earlier time that stand in stark contrast to the computer and keyboard.  I even start my day by shaving with a circa 1940 razor (do you know how hard it is to find simple double edged blades today?). There are rare occasions when a bit of the future gets tangled into the mix, such as when I work with the members of the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation and their ongoing efforts to establish a dedicated museum that will chronicle the evolution of the  electric vehicle.

On occasion, when there is time for meditation on a long morning walk, I envision my work as the crafting of a time a machine. As an example, on our premium content crowdfunding site,  I am launching a new series. Every Saturday morning, commencing on March 10, I will be sharing one entry, verbatim, with original photos where possible, from Edsel Ford’s daily journal written during his adventure to California along the National Old Trails Highway during the summer of 1915.  (more…)

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