Historic Route 66


Kingman is rich in history, area attractions, and services. Water sports abound on Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the Colorado River. Kingman's community events calendar features a continuous round of festivities from the Hualapai Downs Horse Races to the Historic Route 66 Road Rally. National softball tournaments are held in Kingman annually, as are chili cook-offs, and Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo, the Mohave County Fair, Art and music Festivals…and more. The climate here is moderate all year through. Kingman's 3,336 foot elevation is responsible for its cooler summer and mild winter temperatures. Enjoy a round of golf, a day trip through Arizona's rich mining history, or one of our spectacular Southwestern sunsets. .Top of the page


Just 14 miles away are the Hualapai Mountains. Rising to a majestic 8400 ft. elevation, they provide recreation and camping facilities in a serene mountain setting. Laughlin, Navada is only 40 minutes away, where casino entertainment offers its own unique style of recreation. Take a step back in time, enjoy the nostalgia and travel Historic Route 66. Two nearby "living" ghost towns provide a host of activities for the visitor and resident alike: Oatman, famous for its wild burros and Chloride, noted for Old Miners Day. It's an easy day trip to the magnificent Hoover Dam, the timeless Grand Canyon's South Rim, or the picturesque London Bridge. Top of the page


Seligman, birthplace of historic U.S. Route 66, is in Yavapai County at the junction of Route 66 and Interstate 40, and is equal driving distance from Flagstaff, Kingman and Prescott, the community is 75 miles north of Prescott, the county seat. Seligman was known as Mint Valley to pioneers on the Beal Wagon road and as Prescott Junction during the early railroad years. The town was renamed Seligman by officials of the A&P Railroad (which later became Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line) to honor Jesse Seligman, a prominent New York banker responsible for financing railroad construction and companies. J & W. Seligman & company remains a prestigious investment firm headquartered in New York.

The first post office was erected in 1886, Seligman, at a 5,242 foot elevation, celebrated its centennial in 1986 and is unincorporated. Seligman's motels, restaurants and service stations on Historic Route 66 provide the main sources of community income by serving residents, tourists and hunters passing though Arizona on I-40. In November 1987, the State of Arizona dedicated old US Route 66 from Seligman Chamber of Commerce. The dedication will assure the preservation of the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66 left in the United States and also increase tourism in Arizona. Seligman also serves as a supply center for the cattle ranching operations in the area. The Santa Fe Railway adds to the town's economic livelihood by maintaining facilities that serve its main line, which passes though Seligman. A multi-million dollar expansion of the facilities of the mine operated by the Chemstar Company, 25 miles west of Seligman, has brought in many new families and increased job opportunities and business in the community. Scenic Attractions Many of Arizona's scenic attractions are readily accessible from Seligman.

Seligman is the beginning of the original 158-mile stretch of old Route 66 to Topick and is rich in scenic and historic value. Long time resident Angel Delgadillo, the town barber, is one of the founders of The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and one of the most avid supporters in the country. A visit to Angel's barber shop, Juan Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In and Pope's General Store are all, "must sees." You should also visit the Historic Harvey House across the railroad tracks. Top of the page

Grand Canyon Caverns

The Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world, is a two-hour drive from Seligman. Located just west of Seligman, just off Historic Route 66, are The Grand Canyon Carverns and the Supai Indian Village in Havasupai Canyon.Offers an enchanting tour of this natural wonder that began to form over 300 million years ago and was discovered in 1927. You'll ride 21 stories down by elevator to a tour on lighted and paved pathways. Restaurant, gift shop and motel accommodations are available.. The Prescott, Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are all within a short distance of the community and offer many recreational opportunities including hunting and fishing, scenic drives and camping. Also located in the national forests are Indian ruins, wilderness and natural areas, and several national monuments. Top of the page

Peach Springs

Home of the Hualapai Indians, Peach Springs was at one time a terminal of the Santa Fe Railroad, with a roundhouse, shops, a Harvey Restaurant and a stage coach line. Abondoned buildings from days gone by line the streets along the highway into town. In town some Hualapai tribal buildings can still be seen. A distinctive stone building is where Hualapai Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation permits are available for sightseeing, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting on the reservation. Near the intersection of Historic Route 66 and Diamond Creek Road is the Hualapai Tribal River Trip Office. Diamond Creek Road leads to the Colorado River in the beautiful west rim of the Grand Canyon. This is the only existing road leading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon River running trip schedules are available at the tribal office. Top of the page


Williams (circa 1940) served travelers as part of the "Main Street of America." Route 66, now Bill Williams Avenue, is still lined with businesses dating from the highway's heyday. In 1984 Williams became the last route 66 town in America to be by passed by interstate 40. One of few sections on the old road are now listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Easy to follow auto tour brochures may be obtained at the Chamber offices. Located in the Kaibab National Forest, at an elevation of 6,780. Williams experiences a four season climate. Founded in 1880 and named for the famous trapper, scout and mountain man. Bill Williams..

Williams is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is only a short distance north of Williams. Grand Canyon Railway operates year round and is based in Williams. Restored 1901 Steam trains provide a comfortable scenic ride to the South Rim of Grand Canyon and return the same day. Many lakes and campgrounds surround Williams. Fishing is good for trout, crappie, catfish and small mouth bass. Williams hosts several rodeos throughout the year attracting participants and spectators from all over the United States. Surrounded by a Ponderosa Pine forest, Top of the page


The Soldier's Trail Over the old Soldier's Trail, through Prescott Valley where centuries old Indian caves and pottery have been found, then through Dewey and over to Camp Verde, where a cavalry outpost was established in 1865 to protect settlers along the Verde River. Heading north, you'll find Montezuma Castle, Indian cliff dwellings built by Sinaguas in the 12th and 13th centuries, then on to Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole surrounded by more Indian cliff dwellings. Last stop, Flagstaff has an outstanding observatory, museums, antiques and galleries. Flagstaff's Snowbowl has 33 ski trails in the San Francisco Peaks, with year-round lift rides. Top of the page

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