National Road Trip Day’s Success

Published by The Bee News

June 1, 2022

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The National Road Trip Day festivities on Friday, May 27 were a success.
Enhancing the events benefit to the city of Kingman were additional
programs facilitated by Gene Kirkham, a principal organizer of Chillin’ on
Beale, and author Jim Hinckley that were scheduled for Saturday and
Sunday.

With national media coverage the Friday evening events, a block party
organized in part by Kingman tourism, included live music, a beer garden
in the shadow of the historic Hotel Beale, a car show, the National Road
Trip Day proclamation made by Marlo Anderson of National Day
Calendar, and the unveiling of a sculpture of Jim Hinckley in Depot Plaza
created by internationally acclaimed sculptress J. Anne Butler.
Also introduced was phase one of the narrated self-guided historic district
walking tour. The tour and sculpture, a project spearheaded by Kingman
Main Street, was funded with grants as well as donations from businesses
and individuals.

On Saturday, the owners of Antares Point, Hackberry General Store,
Grand Canyon Caverns, West Side Lilo’s and the Seligman Chamber of
Commerce, welcomed car clubs from the Kingman area that cruised
Route 66. More than fifty people participated.

In Oatman on Sunday, the chamber of commerce and business owners
sponsored a presentation by author Jim Hinckley. People from Las Vegas,
Bullhead City and other locations overnighted in Kingman for two nights
to partake in all the events.

It has been suggested that National Road Trip Day be made an annual
event in Kingman. This would provide a tremendous opportunity to
promote Kingman as a destination for the Memorial Day holiday
weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statue created by J. Anne Butler unveiled at Depot Plaza is a valuable
addition to the city’s art displays. Butler who works in bronze as well as
porcelain has created work for the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, for
the Queen of England, and clients in 38 countries.

A key component in the revitalization of the historic business district in
Pontiac, Illinois were a mural program and display of relics associated
with Bob Waldmire as well as displays of his artwork. Kingman has a Bob
Waldmire mural at TNT Engineering.

We can also promote work from internationally acclaimed artist Donald
Gialanella. The Running Hare sculpture on the corner of Fourth Street was
funded in part by the association.

And at the Powerhouse Visitor Center we have a display of artwork as
well as Kingman artifacts provided by Bob Boze Bell. He too is an
internationally recognized artist.

These displays as well as the extensive display of murals along Route 66
and in the historic business district are another marketing opportunity.

Written by Jim Hinckley

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