Route 66 caravan coming to Kingman to install sign at museum

National recognition is coming to the Powerhouse Visitor Center downtown.

The Route 66 Museum in the center will join Oatman, Grand Canyon Caverns and the Snow Cap restaurant in Seligman as nationwide roadside attractions designated by Hampton Inns.

The Hampton Route 66 Caravan will be in Kingman on May 3 to install an identifying sign at the museum.

Hampton Inns has identified roadside attractions in all eight states along Route 66 from the Santa Monica Pier in California to Chicago.

"The 15th annual Fun Run is the only event along Route 66 during the May to June period when Hampton will be installing the roadside attraction signs," Fun Run director Laura Stephens said.

"It was fortunate that the timing worked so well for us."

More than 50 signs will be posted along the route and Hampton Inns will make travelers aware of the attractions.

"Future travelers along the route will soon have a consistent guide map.

Never before created, that will help them realize the historical value of the many wonderful sites along Route 66," Hampton project coordinator Tori Walsh said.

The initial story on the project appeared in USA Today in March and "generated tons of requests" Walsh said.

The signs include a statement, "Recognized by Hampton Inns Save-A-landmark program as a site worth seeing."

Someone nominated each Route 66 site.

Kingman City Manager Roger Swenson nominated the Route 66 Museum.

The city-owned visitor center houses a tourist information center, offices of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, the headquarters and gift shop of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a restaurant and two gift shops.

The Powerhouse is a historic building that was Kingman's earliest source of electricity.

The Powerhouse and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Depot are two early examples of poured-concrete, fireproof construction in Arizona.

The visitor center is the cornerstone of renovation efforts downtown.

The grant for the museum came through an Arizona Department of Transportation committee that includes Kingman Mayor Les Byram.