Route 66 Museum set to open with new director

Karen Goudy has completed her assignment to complete the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum in time for the 2001 Fun Run celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the historic road in 1926.

She is turning the job over to Paul Snyder, a 20 year resident of the Kingman area.

They will work together for the May 3 invitational sneak preview and the Saturday May 5 opening for the Fun Run.


Has worked in the casino industry as a technician and did inventory control for Kingman Airline Services.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to direct the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum," he said.

"The committee and Karen (Goudy) have built a museum Kingman can be proud of."

Snyder said he has a fascination with old and historical places.

He sees a lot of potential in the historic downtown Kingman, the old buildings and the history of travel along the route depicted in the museum.

It documents travel from walking to the I-40 of today.

Trains, covered wagons, a truck from the 1930s and a "Bullet" Studebaker from the 1950s feature the different eras along the route.

A typical street scene from the 1950s covers one wall with replicas of stores popular in that time.

A mural adds to the scene and Route 66, Main Street of America, runs into the distance from the end of the street.

Snyder said Goudy and her committee has done "quite a job" and he will do a good job carrying on from the excellent start.