Historic Route 66
Kingman, Arizona is at the heart of it all, strategically located on Historic Route 66, close to great shopping, family activities, exciting night life and services. Kingman, AZ is in the high desert, so you have the advantage of the sunniest weather in the country with a pleasant breeze that makes Kingman “cooler.” That’s what makes us one of the best places to live.
History of Route 66
Route 66 was used as a major road for those who were traveling west, picking up its busiest traffic during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and financially supporting all the cities and communities that the road passed through. People doing business along Route 66 became successful due to the growing popularity of the highway, and as times passed by those same people then fought to try and keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.
Route 66 underwent various improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and was officially written off from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985, after it had been replaced in its entirety by the Interstate Highway System. Pieces of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been named a National Scenic Byway of the name “Historic Route 66”, which is coming back to some maps. Several states have accepted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into the state road network as State Route 66.
Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a U.S. Navy officer in the service of the U.S. Army corps of topographical engineers, was ordered by the U.S. War Department to construct a federal wagon road across the 35th Parallel. His secondary orders were to test the practabilaty of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert. Beale traveled through the present day Kingman in 1857 surveying the road and in 1859 to build the road. The road became part of Highway 66 and Interstate Highway 40. Remains of the wagon road can still be seen from White Cliffs Canyon in Kingman.
Route 66 also recognized as the Will Rogers Highway and known as the Main Street of America or another famous name being the Mother Road, was one of Americas original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was completed on November 11, 1926—with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which grew to be one of the most popular and famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before stopping in Santa Monica, California, for a grand total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was known in pop culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
Route 66 is a very popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. The last stretch of the Mother Road disappeared from "official” maps in 1985 when it was decommissioned as a federal highway. Yet the heart of historic Route 66 still beats strong in...read more
Located in scenic Kingman, AZ, blocks from Route 66, Zuni Village RV Park is the prime spot in the area for an RV campground, featuring one hundred and thirty total level RV sites, including eighteen pull-through sites, all of which feature picnic tables and 30/50 amp hookups. Whether you need an overnight, weekly or monthly place to camp, Zuni Village RV Park offers extremely reasonable rates, asking that you even call to compare prices.read more
Just off of historic Route 66 lies a gem of a desert city known as Kingman AZ.This quaint city is a tourists dream! Loaded with delicious restaurants of all kinds, phenomenal shops filled with rare and unique trinkets and merchandise, and tons of incredibly enjoyable...read more
Best of the West on Route 66 Festival Downtown Kingman, AZ Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24 More information on Facebook Come enjoy the Best of the West on Route 66! The 2016 Festival will once again take place on Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo weekend: Friday &...read more
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Best of the West on 66 Festival. The 2016 Festival will once again take place on Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo weekend: Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24, 2016 When you begin thinking of the open road and all of the...read more
Try Stetson Winery and Event Center for a memorable experience. Our beautiful facility, located near Historic Route 66, is perfect for your special event. From the grand moments of Arizona wedding venues to the simplest of pleasures listening to live music, eating great food, and drinking even greater wine,we all join together to make your visit with us a memorable and enjoyable one. We want you to come see us again and enjoy our winery in AZ.read more
Old Town Vape Store is a casual place in Kingman, AZ where folks come together to hang out and purchase new accessories, the ideal e-cigarette store where it is acceptable to loiter. This e-juice shop is so welcoming of loitering that they even offer Saturday Night Vape Nights.read more
2016 Route 66 Fun Run Kingman, AZ
Friday-Sunday, April 29 to May 1, 2016
At Kettelhut’s Antiques and Collectibles, Downtown Kingman, AZ right off of Route 66, they have something for everyone, from Antique Furniture, rare Native American Dolls and Art, Glassware, Military Memorabilia, Clocks, Jewelry and much more…read more
Yum Cupcakes and Pastries. Come find your sweet escape at Cupcakes by Jan Bakery, Coffee Shop and Party Venue located a block and a half from Route 66 in Kingman, AZ.read more