Kingman Based Association Celebrates 25 Years of Community Contributions
Kingman, Arizona – Established in 1994 the Route 66 Association of Kingman is celebrating 25 years of service to the community. However, the association is rooted in a history of providing service to travelers that predates Route 66. N.R. Dunton operated a garage in Goldraod, Arizona along the National Old Trails Road, predecessor to Route 66. In 1926 he built Cool Springs station and in the late 1940s acquired Taylor-Owen Ford on Front Street (Route 66) in Kingman, Arizona. Roy Dunton managed the dealership for decades, acquired the Kimo Café that opened in 1939, and transformed it into Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner. His son, Scott Dunton Sr. now owns the dealership that operates as Dunton Motors Dream Machines. He is also a founding member of the Route 66 Association of Kingman and currently serves as the organization’s president.
From its inception the Route 66 Association of Kingman has focused all resources on the betterment of the community, marketing of the city, and the building of cooperative partnerships. The murals on the city’s signature water tanks on Andy Devine Avenue and the historic American Legion building as well as historic neon sign acquisition and restoration are the most public manifestations of the associations work. However, they have also funded signs for nonprofit organizations such as Luv of Paws and also support a graffiti cleanup program.
In recent years the association, working with author Jim Hinckley, a founding member, initiated a monthly “meet & greet” that is open to the general public. The events were conceived to foster development of cooperative partnerships within the community. Often these events also serve as a reception for visiting groups and organizations. In September, working with local car clubs, the association hosted a dinner reception for the Dutch Route 66 Association that was catered by Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner and Rickety Cricket Brewing Company. At the event a quilt made by Bonnie Conaway was raffled. Mayor Jen Miles and Gene Kirkham of The Original Chillin’ on Beale presented it to the winner, Karel Kuperus of Groningen, Netherlands.
The association, wholly member supported, is also a major sponsor of Hinckley’s promotional work. This has resulted in development of an extensive international promotional network that includes Route 66 associations, media, and with communities along the Route 66 corridor.
For more information about the association, membership, and upcoming events –
Dunton Motors Dream Machines
119 East Andy Devine Ave.
Kingman, AZ 86401