Press Release (ePRNews.com) - KINGMAN, Ariz. - May 31, 2017 - On June 27, 1985, a simple ceremony in Williams, Arizona marked the end of an era. Route 66, the Main Street of America, the Mother Road immortalized in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, was no more.
Decertification as a U.S. highway followed the ceremony and legendary Route 66 was relegated to historic footnote, at least officially. Today, however, the road is more popular than at any time in its history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the dusty desert crossroads of Kingman, Arizona, a town that is forever associated with Route 66 resultant of the song made popular by Nat King Cole in 1946.
The growing international interest in Route 66 as a destination has served as a catalyst for renovation of historic properties and signage along the highway corridor in Kingman. For the first time in more than a half century the sixty-foot neon tower that advertised the 1939 El Trovatore Motel is again casting a neon glow on Route 66. Likewise, with a sign on the 1939 Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner, formerly the Kimo Café, a 1960 OK Used Car sign at Dunton Motors that opened in 1946, and a circa 1930 Packard sign on the Old Trails Garage. A Denny’s that opened in 1964 is now a busy Route 66 themed diner.
The Ramada Kingman and Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge known for expansive colorful murals opened its doors in 1964 as a Holiday Inn. Today the fully renovated property, as with the highway itself, is a destination for international Route 66 enthusiasts.
Recently the Ramada Hotel hosted Netherlands based US Bikers, a tour group, led by Dries Bessels of the Dutch Route 66 Association. Wolfgang Werz of the German Route 66 Association is also a frequent guest. In October, the hotel will host Gilligan’s Route 66 Tour from New Zealand, a company that organized a special cruise on Route 66 for owners of vehicles manufactured before 1950.
Last year during the annual Route 66 Fun Run, the hotel hosted tours from Australia and New Zealand. Route 66, however, is more than a living history museum and America’s longest attraction. It is also a bridge between the past and future. This is also evidenced in Kingman as the city is home to the world’s only electric vehicle museum.
For more information about Ramada Kingman, group rates, special events organized for groups, or other services, please contact Robert Walton, Sales Manager at Ramada Kingman at email@example.com or by phone at (928) 715-2463.
About Ramada Kingman
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 on the line connecting Los Angeles with Chicago, 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, thirty-miles from Laughlin, Nevada, and sixty-miles from Grand Canyon Caverns. For more information about the Hotel please visit: RamadaKingman.com