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Management shift means one-stop shopping for museum ticket

The price of admission to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and the Route 66 Museum may soon have Route 66 aficionados and history buffs traveling each other's "mother roads."

The Kingman City Council has approved a request by the Mohave County Historical Society to manage the Route 66 Museum at the Powerhouse Visitor's Center.

The historical society manages the historic Bonelli House as well as the museum.

One group managing of all three attractions will make it possible to offer one ticket for all three, museum director Shannon Rossiter said.

"We are exited about working with the city of Kingman and the chamber of commerce to promote tourism," Rossiter said.

For the past 10 years, the society, which is a non-profit organization, has staffed the Bonelli House under agreement with the city for a fee of $8,500.

When the city acquired the Powerhouse Visitor's Center and the Route 66 Museum, the idea of hiring the society under a professional services agreement was brought up, Kingman City Manager Roger Swenson said.

The society will receive $10,000 to manage the Bonelli House and $50,000 for operation of the Route 66 Museum.

The society will staff the Bonelli House five half-days a week and the Route 66 museum seven days a week in addition to providing curator services, Swenson said.

"They have obviously done a lot of good things in the Mohave Museum of History and Arts," he said.

"It is a good match."

The Route 66 Museum includes a look at the most legendary road in American's history – known as the "mother road" – featuring displays, "Main Street America," antique vehicles, an archive reading room and a Route 66 video library and screening room.

The Powerhouse is at 120 W.

Andy Devine.