Kingman, Arizona in a dayJun 08, 2021
A day in Kingman
We are trekking through 15 states in 8 weeks for my National Best Selling Book Tour for my brand new book called “Keep Going”
This is the ultimate road trip with my two daughters (Tillie 11-Taci 10) and our miniature poodle Dojo. We are killing two birds with one stone. As an almost 5th grader and 6th grader we are learning all about our 50 states all while bringing my best selling book “Keep Going” to all 50 states in the next 18 months.
We left Modesto, California for our first stop...Kingman, Arizona.
Upon arrival we immediately felt the authentic, colorful and historic feeling of the town.
There are beautiful painted shops, gorgeous murals, and a total retro feeling.
We spent an entire day exploring.
Here’s our journey in a small but mighty town.
Historic Kingman Powerhouse
The Powerhouse Route 66 Museum tells the story of Route 66, starting with the development of a westerly route first developed in the 1850s to make emigration to the west easier along a weather-proof route that was also north enough to bypass the Rebel sympathizers in Arizona. The story continues through the Great Depression and the time of the dust bowl, when Midwestern farmers left their farms during the drought and came west along Route 66, the Mother Road, for a better life. Route 66 was also part of the recovery from the Great Depression, as the New Deal provided jobs to road gangs during the 1930s when Route 66 became completely paved from Chicago to Los Angeles. The final exhibits feature Route 66 like it was when it was a popular route for long, leisurely family road trips, before its demise caused by the opening of the interstate.
Across the street from the Historic Kingman Powerhouse is the Locomotive Park. This small park features the historical monument Steam Engine #3759, a locomotive that was built in 1928 and ran the Santa Fe Railway Company passenger route between Los Angeles and Kansas City, with a water stop in Kingman. Dogs are not permitted in this park, but a visit to the park doesn’t take very long and there are shaded parking spots nearby.
We love our turquoise and jewelry!
The coolest thing we learned was that in 1926 the highway paralleling the railroad through Kingman was officially certified US Highway 66
Kingman is the Turquoise Capitol of the World, one of the largest suppliers of turquoise is sourced out of a mountain just northwest of town.
Kingman you did not disappoint!