Route 66 Updates & News

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Route 66 Navigation App Promotes Businesses in Kingman, Cuba and Other Route 66 communities
Touch Media, developer of Route 66 Navigation app and Mother Road Route 66 Passport, in collaboration with Jim Hinckley and other consultants developing new initiatives to benefit Route 66 businesses

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.

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Murder & Mayhem On The Main Street of America: Tales From Bloody 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. 

September 17, 2019

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona created a fifty thousand dollar endowment at Northern Arizona University (NAU) for the preservation and promotion of Arizona Route 66 history.  The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona’s mission is to preserve, promote, and protect Route 66 in Arizona, so it was a natural fit for the Association to create an endowment at NAU’s Cline Library to help preserve Route 66 history.

Working together with archivists from the Cline Library, the Association donated their historical records to be archived in 2017. As the first Route 66 Association in the country, they wanted the documents, photos, posters, and records saved for everyone to research, access, and enjoy. In addition, the Delgadillo family contributed Angel’s personal collection to the Cline Library to archive. Angel Delgadillo played a strategic role in forming the Association and continues to contribute to its success 32 years later.

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona Endowment will generate interest after the first year. The Cline Library will work off a portion of the endowment’s interest. This size gift will ensure the collections will be taken care of for many years.

The first goal will be to catalog the 12 Route 66 collections the library has stored. Some items in the collections will be digitized and available on the library’s website. All the items will be available for research at NAU’s Cline Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Association’s board of directors toured the facility last winter and they were able to view some of the library’s most prized possessions which are stored in a climate and light controlled environment. In addition to cataloging the collection, the endowment will enable the Cline Library team to create exhibits for the public to enjoy the collection.

The Historic Route 66 Association is excited to partner with Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library to advance our shared goals of preserving and promoting the history of Route 66 in the State of Arizona.

If you are interested in supporting our goals, donations can be made to the endowment online or by mail. Please include the endowment name as well as the fund number on your donation.

Endowment Name:  Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona Endowment
Fund: #1894
Gifts should be made payable to the NAU Foundation. They can be made online at:  Or mailed to: NAU Foundation,  PO Box 4094  Flagstaff, AZ  86011-4094

CONTACT:                  Nikki Seegers, Director of Operations

                       Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona


A new book from 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
520-624-5888 fax

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 

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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, eBay, and Amazon.
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