Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What do you get for three dollars?

What do you get for three dollars?  Well, if you are in Kingman, Arizona you get the Route 66 Museum, The Mohave Museum of History and Art, and the Bonnelli House all for $3.00 senior admission.  You all know how we love a bargain. Even though we were exhausted we did all three and added the locomotive park.


Here's an example of the high winds that Kingman gets.  They have to seatbelt the trees.  This one is in our site #7.

 This was the former powerhouse which now houses the 66 Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, a gift shop, a gallery, and the Information Center.  It was built in 1907 for nearly $300,000.

They even had an old telephone booth outside. 

 Burma Shave signs reminded us of the old Mother Road.

 A 1950 Studebaker Champion was in mint condition.  My Dad used to own a black one just like this.

 Of course, Dad's didn't have the air conditioner like this one attached to the window.

 After the 66 Museum we walked across the street to the locomotive park.  Railroads were a big part of the Kingman history.

Next stop was the Mohave Museum of History and Art.  They had some beautiful murals.  
 The Andy Devine  exhibit was wonderful.  Here's a saddle made by Bolin that Andy Devine used in the Rose Parade.  It's a shame the photo didn't come out to show all the engraved silver on it.  Notice at the bottom were the guns and holster and the boots.

Andy Devine was jumping on a couch with a curtain rod when the rod pierced the roof of his mouth.  This resulted in a wheezing duo-tone voice.  

When asked if he had strange nodes on his vocal cords, Devine replied, "I've got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but his are in tune."  Andy died of leukemia at the age of 71 on February 18, 1977.  The street where Andy lived was changed to Andy Devine Ave.

Next stop was the Bonelli House.  The family had 9 children and the last living child donated the house to the city.  It was built in 1915 and has most of the original furnishings.  This son was a hoarder and kept everything.  

We had a wonderful day of exploring this great city.  We still left some places we'd still like to explore for the next time.  We plan to pull out in the morning and head north on 93 through eastern Nevada.  

Turtle Safely......


  1. The only one we made it to was the Rte 66 museum and RR park. More things to do onto my list. Travel safe. 93 is an easy drive.

  2. Thanks for the tour. We always just pass through Kingman and didn't know there are such interesting things there!


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