Archive for June, 2010

Powerhouse Route 66 Museum

June 17, 2010

U.S. Route 66 was also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and the Main Street of America or the Mother Road was a road in the U.S. Highway System established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year. This famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California and ending at Los Angeles, encompassing a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song (written by Bobby Troup and performed by Depeche Mode, the Nat King Cole Trio and The Rolling Stones, and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s. Kingman’s Route 66 Museum shows that the evolution of Route 66 is the story of travel along the 35th Parallel. The museum’s brilliant murals, photos and life-size dioramas capture each of the groups that have traveled the route that has come to be known as the Mother Road. Stories recount the travels on Route 66, depicting the Great Depression, World War II and the early days of railroading, mining and ranching. The visitor will follow the Native American trade routes and the U. S. Army survey expeditions; travel along with the settlers on their migration west over the newly established wagon roads; and , feel the despair of the dust bowl refugees as they journeyed to what they hoped would be a better life. Visit Main Street America as the 1950’s usher in excitement for Route 66 travelers. This museum experience includes the presentation of a short film from its Route 66 library. The visitor is invited to spend time in the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona Reading Room and Resource Archive.

            The Route 66 Museum was part of the renovation of the old Powerhouse building. The Powerhouse was built and operated by the Desert Power & Light Company during the early 20th century. This facility was responsible for the electricity that lighted the way for the earliest Route 66 travelers.

Route 66 Museum, 120 West Andy Devine Ave., Kingman, Arizona 86401 Tel 928-753-9889  Web Site: