Dawn of A New Era in Historic Arizona Town
Historical locations get new life from new visitors and Route 66 fans.
By: Ramada Kingman
KINGMAN, Ariz. - March 21, 2018 - PRLog -- Clark Gable and Carol Lombard married in Kingman, Arizona. Pamela Anderson was arrested there during a Playboy photo shoot. Buster Keaton filmed Go West in the area back in 1925. Crooner Nat King Cole, in the now classic song about getting your kicks on Route 66, gave Kingman a promotional boost.
Still, the dusty desert crossroads always remained a stop on the way to someplace else. With completion of the interstate highway in the 1970s that allowed for the bypass of the historic business district and Route 66 corridor, that quick stops at the off ramp became even shorter as people hurried on to their destination.
In 2014 the community hosted the International Route 66 Festival and the success of the event that attracted enthusiasts from throughout the world sparked a renaissance that is now gaining momentum in the historic business district. Leading the dramatic transformation are young entrepreneurs like Sarah Elizabeth, owner of the eclectic Southwest Trading Company or Tim Schritter, owner of Black Bridge Brewery.
Several events have been developed to highlight the renaissance and to transform Kingman into a destination. The First Friday events include special gallery hours at the Kingman Center for the Arts, shops open late into the evening, music, and an array of activities. On March 10, commencing on Saturday afternoon, there is a "meet the merchants" event that will culminate at 6:00 p.m. with a Promote Kingman sponsored walking tour of the historic business district led by author Jim Hinckley. On the third Saturday evening of each month, April through October, Chillin' on Beale transforms the district into a living time capsule as vintage cars and colorful hotrods cruise the streets. Chillin' on Beale is often turned into a weekend event as local car clubs organize a cruise to Grand Canyon Caverns 60 miles east of Kingman on Route 66 to coincide.
Fittingly, Canyon 66 and Ramada Kingman, a renovated 1964 Holiday Inn and the city's only full-service resort, often serves as the host hotel for car clubs, groups, and people coming to Kingman for these events. Located on Route 66, the historic motel complex with its array of colorful murals and landscaped grounds, stands in stark contrast to modern, generic offerings. Management of the hotel provides guests with information about local museums, arranges historic district walking tours, provides information about area attractions, offers special winter packages, and with advance notice, can provide local shuttle service. They can also facilitate special events for tours and groups, can arrange for bicycle rentals for guests interested in exploring one of Arizona's leading trail systems, or historic district walking tours. For more information, please contact Ramada Kingman, 3100 E Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) at (928) 753-6262.
About Ramada Kingman
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 about the Hotel please visit: RamadaKingman.com