The Route 66 Highway, also known as “The Will Rogers Highway”, the “Main Streets of America” and “Mother Road”, begins in Chicago, IL. and ends in Santa Monica, CA. In 1857 during the epic expansion of America’s country and culture, topographical engineers, government funded, along the 35th longitudinal parallel line, mapped out a southern route across America. The construction of the not yet named
highway lasted into the 20th Century. Each State the highway passed through took on the responsibility to design, develop and connect to each adjoining state with that state’s own funding. The main segment from Chicago to Santa Monica, 2448 miles, was completed in 1926. One of the more recognized migration, known as “The Dust Bowl Migration” in the early 1930’s from Oklahoma to California, utilized the convenience of this new highway. A heated political battle was engaged as to what the route number would be since it was a multi- state route, maybe the first interstate road in America. What this route was rewarded was route number 66 in 1938. The Numerology Digets 66 was a Master Number defined as a “Material Pleasure and Success”, which it indeed became.
This Blog is a focus on Route 66 from the Arizona towns of Flagstaff west to Kingman, then south (214 miles) to Yuma viewed from the Outdoorist perspective. Kingman has recently been discovered by Outdoorists as a true, unfiltered Outdoor Experience. The accessibility to the Grand Canyon 70 miles north of Kingman (west end) to 55 miles north of Flagstaff (east end) is an expanse of 150 miles West to East. The Colorado River, originally called the Grand River, carved out the Great Abyss over thousands of years. The strategic placement of Route 66 is no coincidence. The early visitors to the Southwest in the 30’s and 40’s ventured to see the Grand Canyon as their prime motivator.
Now let’s return to Kingman where the Kingmanites lovingly call Route 66 Andy Devine Avenue. Venturing south along what is “tongue in cheek” called “The West Coast of Arizona” is in reality the Colorado River which runs the length of the western stateline shared by Arizona and California. Following on the east side of the river in Arizona is Route 66 down to Topock, Az. Towns like Lake Havasu City, Oatman, Parker and Topock are classic communities representing the Old Route 66 in it’s early form. From there, Route 66 turns west into California. From Topock to Yuma, the Colorado River brings much needed water to the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. When the river reaches Yuma it mysteriously disappears below the ground and reemerges in the Gulf of California 30 miles south.
OIA (Outdoor Industry Association) has created their annual “Outdoor Recreation Economy Report” this past Spring of 2017. This report shows a State by State analysis of the Outdoor Recreation Economy. Arizona directly contributes to the creation of 201,000 jobs and annually generates $21.2 billion in consumer spending and $1,4 billion in state and local tax revenue. The report also notes that 59% of Arizona’s 6.9 million residents participate in Outdoor Recreation each year.
Kingman is ideally situated for Outdoor Exploration. OutdoorLoyalty.com promotes Kingman, Arizona as a true Outdoorist Destination and encourages Volunteer Venturers for participation in Kingman’s development becoming a Monarch Outdoor Experience.
Below is a link for those Outdoor Enthusiasts wanting to discover a true historic South Western outdoor destination. We, at OutdoorLoyalty.com, would love to answer any questions about Kingman, Arizona. Make a comment on this blog with thoughts and ideas in preparation for your “Wild-West-Journey”.