Colorful History Continues To Draw Tourists To Arizona Resort

Weekend getaways and family road trips are growing in popularity, especially for young families looking for fun, education and adventure.
KINGMAN, Ariz. - Oct. 5, 2017 - PRLog -- The Hotel Beale in Kingman, Arizona that dates to 1900 has been on tough times for at least thirty years, and it faces a very uncertain future. There was a time, however, when the rich and famous traveling by train, on Route 66, or its predecessor the National Old Trails Road, saw the hotel as an oasis of luxury in the wilderness. Andy Devine, the character actor, grew up in the hotel as his father was the proprietor.

Buster Keaton used the hotel as headquarters while filming Go West at Tap Duncan's Ranch north of town. Charles Lindbergh was a frequent guest during construction of the T.A.T. airfield.

Immediately to the east, a barren asphalt lot dominated by a giant metal rabbit carrying a flower is the site of the American Kitchen. It was here in 1925 that a Chinese Tong hit squad from California carried out a brutal assassination. Just west of the Hotel Beale is the Sportsman's Lounge, a territorial era time capsule saloon, and the Brunswick Hotel. This historic hotel also has a celebrity association. Edsel Ford stayed at the hotel on July 16, 1915 during his cross-country adventure on the National Old Trails Road.

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard attended a small wedding reception at the hotel in 1939.

Across the street once stood a Harvey House. The renovated depot houses a railroad museum. At the end of the block the circa 1916 Old Trails Garage sports a restored 1930 Packard sign, twelve feet of towering neon. One block north of Andy Devine Avenue, Route 66, the historic district renaissance is in full bloom along Beale Street. Microbreweries, restaurants, eclectic shops, and he glow of neon give Beale Street an infectious sense of vibrancy.

To foster awareness of the areas rich history, and its bright future, the developers of the PromoteKingman initiative have launched "illustrated" walking tours through the historic district and along the Route 66 corridor. To enhance the experience, they have retained the services of historian and internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley to serve as a guide. Hinckley weaves a tapestry of colorful tales, and illustrates the evolution of the district with the use of more than two hundred historic images from the archives of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts. A neon nights walking tour, with a stop at a microbrewery or historic saloon makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

Working with Promote Kingman, Ramada Kingman, a renovated 1964 Holiday Inn on Route 66, will schedule a walking tour for guests. This is but one example of how this classic hotel is becoming internationally recognized as a full-service Route 66 resort.

About Ramada Kingman
Opened in 1964 as a Holiday Inn on Route 66, the Ramada Kingman Hotel in Kingman, AZ is a full-service resort centrally located in northwestern Arizona known for its expansive mural displays. Kingman is a stop for Amtrak, and Ramada Kingman is a 15-minute drive from Kingman Airport. Shuttle service is available. McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas is 105 miles to the north. The hotel property is located sixty-five miles from Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk and sixty-miles from Grand Canyon Caverns. For more information visit or contact the Front Desk at Ramada Kingman at or call 928-753-6262.

Ramada Kingman Resort Hotel
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Location:Kingman - Arizona - United States
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