Needles Regional Museum to Host Internationally Acclaimed Author 

Published by The Bee News

January 28, 2020

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Internationally Acclaimed Author to Speak in Needles onThe National Old Trails Road 

Historic El Garces Hotel in Needles Setting for Presentation 

In the summer of 1915, Edsel Ford and his college buddies followed the National Old Trails Road west to California. In his travel journal Ford noted that in Needles, “The heat was very oppressive. Slept on porch at hotel.” The year prior Louis Chevrolet and Barney Oldfield made a pit stop in Needles during the last of the Desert Classic auto races that coursed along the National Old Trails Road from Los Angles to Ash Fork, Arizona. A journey along the National Old Trails Road was chronicled by Emily Post in By Motor to The Golden Gate.

In the presentation scheduled for 5:00 PM (Pacific time) on February 7 at the historic El Garces Hotel in Needles, California internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley weaves fascinating stories from more than 150 years of travel in the southwest into a rich and colorful tapestry. It is the story of Native American traders and Spanish explorers, of colorful adventurers and camel caravans, and of pioneering motorists. It is also the story of the most famous highway in America, Route 66.

The National Old Trails Road, predecessor to Route 66 in the southwest, knit together numerous historic trails including the Beale Wagon Road, Spanish Trail and Mojave Road. It was instrumental in the development of tourism in the southwest. During the summer of 1915, more than 20,000 tourists followed this road to the Panama Pacific Exposition in California. Many wrote editorials about the trip and a few, including Emily Post, wrote bestselling books.

Hinckley is the author of nineteen books including Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales from Bloody 66, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, Travel Route 66, Ghost Towns of Route 66 and The Route 66 Encyclopedia. His published work also includes feature articles for True West, Classic Auto Restorer, American Road, Route 66 and Cars & Parts. He is also the creator of the Jim Hinckley’s America travel networkas well as a consultant specializing in the creation of tourism related marketing and promotional initiatives for companies as well as communities. He has made presentations on Route 66, the infancy of the American auto industry and southwest travel at a tourism convention in the Netherlands, at the European Route 66 Festivals in Germany and the Czech Republic, at the Missouri History Museum, the Miles of Possibility Conference and at museum fundraisers throughout the United States.

The presentation is being hosted by the Needles Regional Museum, and Fenders River Road Resort, the only motel located on the National Old Trails Road, Route 66 and the Colorado River, is providing lodging. Tickets are $5 per person. Deserts and coffee will be served. For more information contact the museum at 760-326-5678.




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