Classic neon signs sought for Route 66's 90th birthday

The “Entering El Trovatore Unincorporated” sign, which used to be illuminated with neon. (MOHAVE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ARTS/Courtesy)

The “Entering El Trovatore Unincorporated” sign, which used to be illuminated with neon. (MOHAVE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ARTS/Courtesy)

KINGMAN - As part of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, the Route 66 Association of Kingman is looking to acquire vintage neon signs for development of "neon parks" along the historic route.

The association is also seeking donations to fund acquisition of the signs, as well as their restoration and installation.

The parks will be linked with other developments along the Route 66 corridor such as the Route 66 Walk of Fame, which was unveiled during the International Route 66 Festival in 2014 and commemorates individuals who contributed to the highway's history.

Informational photo kiosks will provide visitors with a glimpse of Kingman before Interstate 40, when Route 66 was the main highway, as well as the period of the National Old Trails Highway.

Mural projects are also part of the initiative, with the first mural at Fourth Street and Andy Devine Avenue completed last summer.

Among the early acquisitions is a sign from the Brandin' Iron Motel, which is being kept in a downtown garage until it is restored.

The association is in discussions with the Mohave Museum of History and Arts for contribution of the circa-1930s sign, "Entering El Travatore Unincorporated."