The Promote Kingman initiative is about to become your one stop shop

for a Kingman area adventure. Promote Kingman is taking the next step in the transformation of Kingman into a destination through development of a program that would allow an individual or tour company director to have all arrangements for an overnight visit or a week long vacation facilitated for them with one phone call or email. In addition to the promotion of Kingman as a destination, this would provide additional marketing value for partner businesses and organizations.

A Promote KIngman tour led by Jim Hinckley stops at the territorial era jail for stories about murder and mayhem.

Recently, in partnership with author Jim Hinckley, Promote Kingman began offering illustrated historic district walking tours that utilize photos provided by the Mohave Museum of History & Arts. The tours are approximately two miles in length and on average require at least an hour and a half. Times vary, however, as stops are made at galleries, shops, and microbreweries along the way upon request. There are two tours currently scheduled, one on the evening of May 5 and another on the morning of May 7. Custom tours can be arranged but require minimum seven days notice.

On the evening of May 5, commencing at the Powerhouse Visitor Center parking lot, 6:00 P.M. historian and author Jim Hinckley will lead a neon nights tour. The cost is $10 per person. This tour follows the Route 66 corridor and Beale Street, with short side trips to historic sites as the church where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard wed in 1939. A highlight of the tour is colorful neon signage, restored as well as recreated. The Sunday morning tour follows much of the same course but also includes a section of pre 1921 National Old Trails Highway.

Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona circa 1950 courtesy the Mohave Museum of History & Arts.

Also in partnership with Jim Hinckley, presentations can be arranged for small or large groups. Hinckley has made presentations on Route 66, southwest, and Kingman history as well as the history of the American auto industry before 1940 at events internationally. On May 7, he addresses a New Zealand based tour group that is traveling the length of Route 66.

An example of other services that are being developed as part of this initiative is a hosted reception for US Bikers, a Netherlands based motorcycle tour company. Tentative plans include participation by Kingman Cruizers to provide transportation, and attendance by members of the Route 66 Association of Kingman. The tour company expressed interest in this as a similar event several years ago is still talked about by clients.

Linked with this is another innovative Promote Kingman marketing project that fosters increased awareness about area attractions and amenities, and further develops a sense of community, is a weekly Facebook live program featuring interviews with community and business leaders. The interactive Friday morning Jim Hinckley’s America program grows in popularity each week. The recent broadcast from the restaurant at Grand Canyon West received questions from several countries, and had a reach of more than 4,000 people.

Facilitation of an adventure filled weekend or vacation is not limited to visitors. This service is ideal for people with family visiting from out of town, or people along the Colorado River looking to beat the heat during the months of summer.

Artist Gregg Arnold at the new Grand Canyon West restaurant during the Jim Hinckley’s America Facebook live program.