Monday, December 23, 2013

April 2013 Remembered – Another Roadside Attraction

We have come to post number four in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.”

I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means one post each day for the rest of the year of people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona

For reasons having to do with a truck I no longer own, my sister and I went on a road trip to Kingman, Arizona this past April. It was a long day from here to there and back again, and when she got home my sister told her husband to shoot her if she ever let me talk her into doing something like that again.
But we are drawn like magnets to unique museums on The Mother Road, and Kingman is Route 66 museum heaven. 

Kingman Powerhouse visitor center
We simply had to stop and have a look around. 

AnotherRoadside Attraction
Another roadside attraction

The Kingman powerhouse was placed in service in 1907 to generate electrical power for the town of Kingman. Back then it was called the Desert Power and Water Company Electric Power Plant.


It also supplied power to area mines so they could operate their hoists and pumps. Completion of the Hoover Dam in 1938 pulled the plug on this local generating station. Concerned citizens eventually rescued the powerhouse. It has been converted to a new visitor center and is also home to the Historic Route 66 museum. 

Powerhouse Museum
Lots of neon on Route 66

A restored locomotive and a caboose are parked across the street in Locomotive Park. Visitors are encouraged to hop aboard and take a look around. 


SisterOnThe Caboose
My sister on the caboose
Kingman is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for "Route 66 and Beyond." Scenic hiking, historic charm, great cafes and restaurants, and the allure of Route 66 combine to make Kingman a fun destination.  And if you ever need a camper shell for a 1998 Chevy truck, Kingman might just be the place to look.
Powerhouse museum mural on route 66

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