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The innovative Route 66 Navigation app used by thousands of Route 66 travelers is being updated to include some exciting changes that will be of benefit to tourists as well as business owners. One example is inclusion of Beale Street in Kingman, Arizona, one block north of Route 66 (Andy Devine Avenue) that is at the heart of the ciy’s historic district reniassance. Art galleries, microbrewries, an eccelctic array of restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and interesting shops that are often overlooked by Route 66 travelers will be given a promotional boost with the app adjustment. The decision was made to adjust the app after Marian Pavel of Touch Media toured Kingman with author Jim Hinckley, Touch Media consultant, and met with Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter at a meeting facilitated by Hinckley. Hinckley who has been developing marketing initiatives in partnership with the tourism office and business owners in Cuba, Missouri is also working with Touch Media to adjust the app to include Main Street in downtown Cuba. This street, one block off Route 66, is also often overlooked by Route 66 travelers even though it is lined with a bakery and deli, restaurants, and other businesses. With the adjustment travelers will be encouraged to discover businesses along the Route 66 corridor including Missouri Hick Barbeque, Wagon Wheel Motel, Shelly’s Cafe and The Fourway as well as those on Main Street such as Rivera Maya and Frisco’s Grill.

“We are appreciative of Jim Hinckley‘s tireless support for our projects as well as his work to develop tourism in Kingman, in Cuba, and along the Route 66 corridor. Thanks to his initmate knowledge of local businesses and their needs, we have been able to propose a solution that not only supports small businesses in these two cities, but also brings added value to the travelers that use our app to navigate Route 66. And that is exactly our goal. We highly respect the history and businesses on various alignments of Route 66. Our innovative technology allows us to make regular adjustments to the application that will in turn enhance development of tourism on Route 66, ” said Marián Pavel, author of Route 66 Navigation. “I am honored to be able to contribute to this project that promotes Route 66, and provides such a valuable service to the international Route 66 community, to communities along that highways corridor, and to business owners,” said Jim Hinckley. As with every stage of the apps development, the adjustments will be tested and go through a demanding approval process to ensure that it meets the standards of Touch Media. Additionally, Touch Media will welcome and review any meaningful suggestions for improvements from communities in other cities on Route 66.

It was billed as the Main Street of America and the Mother Road. It was a highway of commerce, both legal and illicit. It was traveled by vacationing families and serial killers, truck drivers and celebrities, vagabonds and gangsters, the weary and the wicked. It was the hunting grounds of criminals and the battlegrounds of racial violence and gangland strife. This was Bloody 66.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 5, 2019–Yukon Czech Festival;Main Street, Yukon; 10:00 a.m.
  • October 20, 2019–Oklahoma Route 66 Association Quarterly Board Meeting; Historic Fort Reno, 7107 W. Cheyenne Street, El Reno; 1:30 p.m. Open to the general membership and the public. 

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2019

Last Push to Finish Mural

Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

120 W. Andy Devine Ave

Kingman, AZ 86401

www.historic66az.com

The attractions along the road make Route 66 a road trip of a lifetime. You can stop at a giant green head, the largest dry cavern in the United States, and a meteor crater. These one of a kind stops make a Route 66 road trip exciting from start to finish.

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona knows the value of the attractions on Route 66 in Arizona. They recognize preservation of icons like Standin’ on the Corner Park are vital to the continued success of the road. The Association was excited to donated to the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation. A $10,000 check was presented to the Foundation at the Annual Arizona Route 66 meeting held July 19th in Williams, Arizona.

The Eagle’s 1972 song, Take It Easy, took on a physical form at the corner of Kinsley & E. 2nd St. in Winslow Arizona at the Standin’ on the Corner Park. The Foundation bearing the same name created the park for visitors to step into the song. The unique attraction is visited by an estimated 125,000 visitors annually.

A 2004 fire in an adjacent building damaged the wall at the park as well as the mural. It necessitated the Foundation to secure the wall, rework the mural, and more securely attach the mounting boards to the wall. The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), has been working to bring the mural back to its former glory since the fire happened. The project has experienced it’s fair share of challenges. A specialist attempted to brighten the colors of the mural. It was then realized the mural would need to be completely redone. Once this decision was made, it was also decided to drill through the 18 inch concrete wall to secure the panels better.

World renowned artist, John Pugh, completed the original mural at the Standin’ on the Corner Park in 1999. He was contracted to return to Winslow and recreate the mural. Mr. Pugh will be using a new mural method, by which he’s painting on a non-woven material that will adhere to an aluminum composite board when complete. The boards will then be attached to the wall at the park. The Foundation hopes that with the new mural method, along with securely attaching the panels, it will endure for a long time at this iconic stop. As of 2019 the Foundation has spent over $17,000 on the project.

The Foundation hopes the mural project will be complete by their Annual Standin’ on the Corner Festival September 27th & 28th or by the end of the year.

CONTACT:                  Nikki Seegers, Director of Operations

                       Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

                       928.753.5001, nikki@historic66az.com

Coming September 2019, a new book for internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley. In this his 19th book, Hinckley delves into the dark side of iconic Route 66. It's murder, mayhem, gangsters, serial killers, bloody auto wrecks, train derailments, floods, fires, and dark deeds. Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales From Bloody 66 For more information: Aaron Downey Managing Editor Rio Nuevo Publishers 451 N. Bonita Ave. Tucson, AZ 85745 520-623-9558 520-624-5888 fax aarond@rionuevo.com www.rionuevo.com www.facebook.com/rionuevo

Mohave Community College has announced that author Jim Hinckley will be teaching a series of community education classes this fall at the Bullhead City Campus. There are tentative plans for the classes to be taught at the Lake Havasu City and Kingman campuses during the winter. 

Hinckley is condensing the classes into a one day, four hour series. These will be offered to interested Route 66 communities during the October research and promotional trip along Route 66. This special presentation and workshop will be customized to meet a communities unique needs. 

For more information: 

Jim Hinckley at jima.hinckley@gmail.com 

June 22, 2019 – The Route 66 Association of Germany donated $500 to Jim Hinckley’s America during a dinner meeting at Calico’s restaurant in Kingman, Arizona. 

Wolfgang Werz releases new book about his first trip on Route 66, and his adventures on this storied old highway. Werz is the presidnet and founder of the German Route 66 Association. 

June 15, 2019 – an historic 1920s block of buildings in the historic business district of Kingman, Arizona has been refurbished. Dript Candle Kitchen and Freedom Apparel are two occupants. There is one store front still available. 

Ten Minutes With Jim
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Mother Road Route 66 Passport

Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts LOS ANGELES, CA – June 7, 2019 – Touch Media, the company that developed the world's first offline turn-by-turn Route 66 navigation app is proud to announce that the long awaited Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts. Passport holders collect unique stamps at 28 carefully selected locations on their adventure along Route 66 as well as free souvenirs or discounts. This as well as special pages to collect autographs or write notes, and illustrated maps created by Illustrator Joyce Harbin Cole of Pontiac, Illinois, make the passport the ultimate customizable souvenir. With an array of trivia and information about unique destinations such as the locations where dioramas created by Dutch artist Willem Bor are on display, the passport is also a valued companion to popular travel guides. Conceived by Marian Pavel, developer of the Route 66 Navigation app, the passport is the culmination of nine months work that included several trips along Route 66 and extensive research. To ensure the accuracy of information within the passport, Pavel enlisted assistance from several noted authorities including Dries Bessels, president of the Dutch Route 66 Association and chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership International Advisory Committee, and author Jim Hinckley. Hinckley is the author of numerous books including The Route 66 Encyclopedia, and is the creator of Jim Hinckley's America as well as a tourism development consultant. Pavel said, "Development of the passport required overcoming numerous obstacles but I am proud of the final product. It wouldn't have been possible without the support of directors at visitors centers along Route 66, small business owners, and the international Route 66 community, and for this assistance I am most appreciative. I am confident that next season additional visitor centers will be added to the passport." Jim Hinckley said, "The passport will do more than enhance the travelers experience, it will also provide Route 66 communities and small businesses with a promotional boost." A primary goal for the project is to increase traffic at visitor centers, or select businesses in locations where visitor centers are not available, which will in turn provide additional promotion for area businesses including motels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and events. Advertising sponsors of the passport also are promoted through the Route 66 Navigation app and related social media network. To ensure the passport remains relevant, plans are being developed for annual updates. The suggested retail price for the Mother Road Route 66 Passport is $9.99 plus applicable tax but as with other Touch Media Route 66 projects, all sales will contribute to the support of small businesses all along the Route 66 corridor. For westbound travelers the Launching Pad Drive In in Wilmington, Illinois is the first available location for purchase. Eastbound travelers can purchase the passport at 66-to-Cali on Santa Monica Pier or at Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga. They will also be sold through locations all along Route 66, and soon, through an e-shop at www.route66navigation.com, eBay, and Amazon. www.route66navigation.com/passport www.route66navigation.com/blog www.fb.me/route66navigation www.instagram.com/route66navigation www.twitter.com/route66navigate About Touch Media Route 66 Passport and Route 66 Navigation are a products of the company Touch Media s.r.o. Touch Media is a corporation with a longlife tradition in the online area as well as digital marketing, new media and development of unique mobile applications. Company with Czechoslovak roots is based in Bratislava, Slovakia (European Union). Touch Media is owned by Jan Svrcek and Marian Pavel. ### Media contact information Marian Pavel, CEO pavel@touchmedia.sk

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