Route 66 in Western Arizona
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About Kingman, Arizona
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation 3,333 ft (1.016 m). Population 28,068 (2010).
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) no DST⁄ PDT (UTC-7).
Kingman is the county seat of Mohave County, on Route 66 in the northwestern part of Arizona. Its motto is "The Heart of Historic Route 66".
Human beings have lived in this part of Arizona for over 10,000 years since the Paleoindians hunted in the area.
Their Native America descent, were the Patayan people who lived along the Colorado River basin. The Havasupai and Hualapai groups of the Patayan were farmers who planted crops of squash, corn and beans in the watered areas, including what is now Kingman. They still live in the region and along Route 66.
Spain added Arizona to their province of New Mexico but did not settle it. Missionaries from California explored the area in the 1700s. Arizona passed to Mexico after its independence from Spain in 1821; but it lost it to the U.S. after being defeated in the 1846-48 war.
The government sent Capt. Lorenzo Sitgreaves to explore the region in 1851. He was followed by Lt. Edward "Ned" Fitzgerald Beale who surveyed a route along the 35th parallel from Fort Smith in Arkansas to California. His route passed through Kingman. He discovered what are now known as Beale Springs (read more on page #2).
Mr. Lewis Kingman in 1885.
During the Hualapai War (1866-1870) an outpost was established at Beal Springs. It became an Indian Reservation after their defeat. The natives were moved out in 1874 and the camp closed.
The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (later the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad) reached the area in the early 1880s. A station was built, and Kingman was founded in 1882. Its post office opened in 1883.
Kingman became the county seat in 1887 (formerly it was located at Fort Mohave) and it grew in importance as a shipping point for the region's mines and ranches.
The National Old Trails Highway (N.O.T.), a rough and primitive highway reached Kingman in 1914.
The N.O.T. guidebook of 1914 reported that Kingman had "Good hotels, Harvey House, camp grounds with shower bath and rest rooms."
Route 66 was created in 1926 and followed the N.O.T. roadbed. The building of Hoover Dam (1931-36) and the World War II airfiled contributed to the town's economy. By 1952 mining had dwindled so the Route 66 alignment through Sitgreaves Pass and Oatman was replaced by a new one, that ran along level ground, through Yucca.
Interstate 40 bypassed the town in 1979 closing an era.
The Name: Kingman
Named after the railroad surveyor Lewis Kingman (1845 - 1912) who had been dispatched by William Strong, the president of the AT & SF to survey routes for the railroad across Arizona.
He directed the construction from Winslow to Beale Springs, which is where Kingman now stands.
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Where to Stay in Kingman
Accommodation in Kingman:
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Heading East.... In Arizona
- 53 mi. Peach Springs
- 90 mi. Seligman
- 113 mi. Ash Fork
- 122 mi. Williams
- 155 mi. Bellemont
- 166 mi. Flagstaff
- 190 mi. Twin Arrows
- 225 mi. Winslow
- 257 mi. Holbrook
- 303 mi. Chambers
Heading West: Hotels & Motels in AZ & CA
You are so close to Las Vegas!
>> RV campgrounds in Kingman
Weather in Kingman
Location of Kingman on Route 66
The area around Kingman has a "cold semi-arid climate". Its altitude gives it much colder winters and cooler summers than that experienced in the neighboring lower lying desert areas closer to the Colorado River.
Snow ocassionally falls in winter with some 3.7 inches (9.4 cm) per year. Rainfall takes place 36 days every year with 19.3 in. of rain (263 mm). April, May and June are the driest months while August is the wettest.
Average temperatures during the year: range from the summer high (Jul) 97.8°F (36.6°C) and summer low 67.2°F (19.6°C) to a winter high (Jan) 55.9°F (13.3°C) and a winter low 31.1°F (-0.5°C).
Kingman is well to the west of the Rocky Montains so there are virtually no tornados in the area.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
If you visit the Grand Canyon
Some tours and sightseeing
Getting to Kingman
You can reach the town along Historic Route 66 in Arizona from Selimgan in the east or Topock in the west. Or via I-40 between Barstow and Oklahoma City, from Las Vegas, Nevada, by US 93.
Map of Route 66 through Kingman Arizona
Color key to the map. Pale Blue: Driveable 1926 to 1952 Route 66 alignment.
Route 66 was aligned in 1952 along the course that I-40 follows nowadyas. From Kingman all the way to the Colorado River through the neighboring town of Yucca.
You can always check out our Route 66 Map of Arizona, with the complete alignment and all the towns across AZ, including Kingman.
Sights and Attractions in Kingman
What to Do, Places to See
- In Kingman: all the Route 66 Classics (This page)
- Tours & Itineraries (Page #2)
- Parks and outdoors (Page #2)
Classic Motels and Service Stations
Kingman has many Route 66 classic vintage motels: the Siesta, Bell, El Trovatore are only some of them. It also has many Service Stations and Cafes.
Nearby you can visit Cool Springs, Cholride -an Old West mining ghost town, Santa Claus, and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Kingman
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse drove along Route 66 in 1946, collecting information which he included in his book "A Guide Book to Highway 66". Which is a great reference for learning about US 66 during the post-war period.
Rittenhouse mentions the following accommodations in Kingman:
Tourist Courts (the motels of the 1940s): Akron, Arcadia Lodge, Wal-A-Pai, Williams, Kit Carson Motel, Gypsy Garden, Stony Wold, Bungalow, White Rock, Lambert's Gateway Village, Bell's, Stratton's, Kingman, El Trovatore, Challenger, Modern Trailer court. (those lacking links have gone).
Below we describe most of the surviving US 66 motels (some mentioned by Rittenhouse) and other historic buildings on Kingman's Route 66.
Some Kingman Trivia:
Kingman: "get your kicks on Route 66"
"Get your Kicks on Route Sixty-six"was written in 1946 by Bobby Troup during his US66 trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Kingman is one of the three Arizona towns mentioned in the song (the others are Flagstaff and Winona).
Read More: Get your Kicks on Route 66, with full details on the song and its context.
Now you go through Saint Looey
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.
On the western side of Kingman as you approach Kingman from Oatman or Yucca, when you reach Ella's Pl. turn left towards West Beale St., and on the following intersection, turn left, on W Beale St., into it. This is US 93 which runs towards the NW to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Drive 1 mile west (passing I-40) and, to your left you will see a motel that used to be the Whiting Bros. Motel in Kingman.
Former Whiting Bros Motel
1250 W Beale St.
Once part of the Whiting Bros. chain of motels and service stations, it is now an Economy Inn. The service station is gone. Below is a Then-and-Now sequence of the motel.
Whiting Bros. and Route 66
> > Read more: Visit our Whiting Bros. and Route 66 webpage.
Learn all about the motels and gas stations of Whiting Bros along US 66 in New Mexico and Arizona.
Turn around and head back into Kingman. You will see the gateway that marks the entrance into the Historic District.
The 25 foot tall arch (7.6 m), with 61 feet wide (18.6 m) steel arch spans Beale Street and is next to the park that is the home to a 90 year old steam locomotive.
Two US 66 shields on each side remind us that Kingman is "The Heart of Route 66".
The Kingman Comercial Historic District
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
It covers nine buildings along Andy Devine Ave. on the 300 and 400 blocks in central Kingman.
So, after passing under the "Gateway arch" take a right on N. 1st St., park and visit the steam engine in Locomotive Park and some classic Route66 sights.
Former Texaco Gas Station
102 E Beale St.
On the SW corner of Beale and 1st Streets, is a motorcycle accessories shop that used to be a Texaco Gas station.
Notice its classic canopy with the transversal ridges that were part of Texaco brand identity.
The pumps' island, office and two-bay garage are well preserved.
Now head south and on the corner is another classic, a diner.
Former Shell Station, now Mr D'Z Route 66 Diner
Shell gas station in a 1930s photo, now Mr. Dz. 66postcards.com
105 E Andy Devine Ave. NW corner of North 1st Street and Route 66
The diner, pictured at the top of this page was once a Shell gas station.
The vintage 1930s postcard shows the Shell service station whith a typical Art Moderne design.
It had a rounded canopy with horizontal lines, curved windows and crests in the columns and curved streamlined corners.
The original canopy has gone, but the curved windows have survived. The building has been repurposed as an iconic Diner, Mr.D'z.
Art Moderne or Streamline Moderne, was popular in the 1930s and evolved from Art Deco. Its main features are: curved shapes with rounded edges, horizontal lines or grooves in walls, flat roofs, smooth wall surfaces (plaster) and pale beige or off-white colors with contrasting dark trims.
Andy Devine, Credits
Cross the street (Andy Devine Ave.) to visit two interesting landmarks.
Route 66 is named Andy Devine Avenue through Kingman. But, who was he?
You have surely seen him in some western movies. His father opened the Beale Hotel and he was raised in town.
Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine (1905 - 1977) was an American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick known for his distinctive, whiny voice and his friendly plump countenance (see photo).
Turn right to visit the Powerhouse Visitors Center.
Powerhouse Visitors Center
120 W. Andy Devine Ave. - Open daily 8 AM - 5 PM
Route 66 attraction
It was built in 1906 to generate electricity for the mines in the Black Mountains. It operated until 1938 when Hoover Dam was inaugurated. In 1997 it reopened and became a visitor center and museum. (Street View).
A good place to get advice on what to see and do in Kingman (and the whole of Arizona), as well as maps and guidance. There are Route 66 mementos for sale at the gift shop. Stamp your Route 66 passport here.
The Historic Route 66 Museum is inside the Center.
Canada Mart Station, Kingman
Historic Route 66 Museum
Admission fee. Read more at the Historic Route 66 Museum website.
Now walk 0.2 miles west, to visit an adjacent Gas Station.
Canada Mart Gas Station
210 W Andy Devine Ave
It has a nice neon sign and a long triangular shaped canopy. It sells gas, souvenirs and Native American handicrafts.
Return to your car for your driving Tour along Route 66 in Kingman.
Tour along Route 66 in Kingman
Downtown Kingman "Then and Now"
Begin your tour at the old Powerhouse and head east along Andy Devine Ave. (Historic Route 66). Pass Mr. D'Z and on the next corner is an Old Gas Station now a car wash (Street View).
On the same block, by the Post Office is a classic restored Neon Sign that reads "Desert Drugs - Walgreen Agency". The pharmacy was located across 3rd St. You can see the sign in the 1940s postcard below.
On the following block there are two landmark hotels that predate Route 66.
Below is a vintage postcard of Route 66 in Kingman in the 1940s showing the central part of Downtown Kingman. The description on the postcard says: "KINGMAN, ARIZONA A modern and friendly city in the extreme western part of Arizona, on U. S. Highways 66 and 466 between the Grand Canyon and Pacific Coast, junction point for Hoover (Boulder) Dam and Las Vegas, Nevada".
313 Andy Devine Ave.
Built in 1907 to provide another lodging option to those arriving by train. It is in the middle of the block.
It is faced in stone and has an inverted "L" shaped green-neon sign with the hotel's name on it. See image above.
319 Andy Devine Ave.
A two-story building on the northern corner; built in 1899 of local stone and brick and refurbished in 1916. It was the first "big" hotel in town.
Old Trails Garage
315 Andy Devine Ave.
Don't miss the blue neon sign with white letters on the front of the Old Trails Garage. The garage was built in 1915 on the National Old Trails, the first highway through Kingman.
It has an original blue Packard dealership sign, with white letters "Packard - Ask the man who owns one", ca. 1930, recently restored.
Kingman Water Tank. Inscribed "Welcome to Kingman - Heart of Historic Route 66". A. Whittall
Across the road from the Beale hotel is a gigantic chuckawala lizard statue, 7 feet long.
Drive round the block to E. Beale St. and see the recently refurbished Kingman Club Neon Sign flanked by two Martini glasses. An original 1950s sign. Street view.
On the next block, to your right is the old railway station.
AT&SF Railroad Depot
S side Andy Devine between 4th and 5th St.
Built in 1907 in a Mission Revival style, it replaced the former one, gutted by fire. (See street view).
The Amtrak Southwest Chief route stops at Kingman every day on its service between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Don't miss the "Mining Monument" built in 1904, torn down in the 1940s and rebuilt in 2016, on the southern tip of the depot.
Old Texaco Gas station
Across the street on the corner of 5th St. is an old Texaco gas station, now a "U-haul" it has its canopy over two concrete pump islands (See street view).
You can see its signpost in this postcard.
Ahead, to your right are the water tanks (see photo above), with the phrase "Welcome to Kingman - Heart of Historic Route 66" and just ahead, to your left is a historic café.
Casa Linda Café
511 E Andy Devine Ave.
This restaurant and café dates back to 1933 and with some minor changes (doors, windows, neon sign) is there, beside US66.
Vintage postscard Casa Linda
Great sign. A. Whittall
525 E Andy Devine Ave.
Now TNT Auto Repair, it has a great sign over its entrance. It looks vintage, with a hole through the sign.
On its southern wall is a mural with a Route 66 map and a VW bus on it (Street view).
Ahead to your left is a former Cafe.
711 E Andy Devine Ave.
Now the St. Michael Catholic Church, it was built in 1937 and it had an Indian curio shop next to it (1940) which is presently a motorcycle spare parts shop.
The original Café neon sign is still hanging from the building.
Vintage postscard Lockwood Cafe
Mobil Service Station
731 E Andy Devine Ave.
The remains of a 1951 Mobil gas service station. The office, canopy, garage and even the sign (with the classic 1960s Mobile logo shield shape still there).
Two blocks to the east, to your left is the Arcadia Court Motel:
909 E Andy Devine Ave.
The Arcadia Court (court was the 1930s name for what we now call a motel), opened in 1938 a few blocks to the north of the downtown part of Kingman. Arcadia is a good name for a motel: it was an utopian ancient land of harmony with nature.
It is still operating under a similar name: Arcadia Lodge and has a great mid-1960s neon sign.
Next to the Motel are two other US66 icons, a restaurant and a gas station.
909 Andy Devine Ave.
The Jade was a Chinese restaurant established by Charlie Lum in 1951 (who was born in Canton, China in 1912, and moved to Kingman in 1922 with his parents).
He put it next to the Arcadia Motel to ensure a good flow of customers. Although the place has closed, the neon sign is gone, but the building is still standing -but changed- as you can see below.
The Jade in a 1960s postcard. 66postcards.com
941 E Andy Devine Ave.
Right beside the old Jade, is a 1954 service station with a two-bay garage and a flat roofed canopy over the gas pumps. Now it is an auto repair shop.
On the following block (Route 66 now starts to curve towards the north) is a motel (left):
1001 E Andy Devine Ave.
The Ramblin Rose used to be the "Travelodge motel", a classic US 66 motel opened in 1958. The 1960s postcard gave a very brief outline of its location: "Kingman TRAVELODGE In Mohave County - Sportsmen's Paradise." As you can see below it has kept its original looks, and in those days, the parking lot was full.
Old Alignment on Chadwick Drive
As the road curves to the north, there is a section along what is now Chadwick Dr., that was the alignment of Route 66 until the 1940s when a cut through the hill straightened the alignment. (Map of this segment).
On the left, after the northern tip of the "old" road is another motel:
Brandin' Iron Motel
1403 Andy Devine Ave.
The back of the postcard says: "BRANDIN' IRON MOTEL Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Bewley, Owners & Operators American Express Credit Cards Member The Diners' Club".
The motel opened in 1953. It had a "U" shaped layout. When Route 66 was widened through Kingman access to the motel was restricted (you can see that in both images) and it closed in the 1990s. It was remodeled in 2001 and now houses apartments with a "Pueblo" stucco walled style.
Across the highway, to your right is a memorable Route 66 icon: the El Trovatore Motel.
El Trovatore Motel
1440 E. Andy Devine Ave.
Built in 1939 by John F. Miller who owned a hotel in Nevada and bought a ranch in Arizona in 1935 after the completion of the Hoover Dam. The complex initially had 30 units and later, he added another 24.
Trovatore is Italian for "Trobadour" or "bard", "minstrel". It is the name of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. But "El" is a Spanish word for "the" (in Italian it is "Il"). So the motel's name combines a Spanish and an Italian word!
Longest Route 66 map in the entire world
Since the old trading post at Meteor City, AZ, has become a ruin, the honor of displaying the Worlds longest Route 66 map goes to the Trovatore.
The Map is a mural that is 206 feet long (62.8 m) and covers the front of the entire motel. It was painted by local artist Dan Louden.
Trovatore Gas Station and former Restaurant
Next to el Trovatore, to its right (south side) and passing the service station built in 1968, now an auto-repair shop at 1420 E Andy Devine Ave., is the classic Coco's restaurant also built in 1968, "Designed for family dining" (See postcard, and its See street view) it is still standing with minor modifications.
Keep northbound, and 750 feet ahead, on the left is another motel:
Hill Top Motel
1901 E Andy Devine Ave.
Fantastic Neon Sign
Established in 1953 and remodeled in 1959, it is still open and taking care of travelers along Route 66 and operating under the same name Hill Top Motel:
The 1940s postcard below proclaims "The New U.S. Highways 66 and 93... 1 Mile East of KINGMAN, ARIZONA Telephone Blue 534... Individual controlled Panel Ray Heat... York Refrigeration... The Most Scenic View in Kingman... Ceramic Tiled Baths, with Tub and Shower Combination... T.V. in all rooms. George and Eleanor Allen, Owners & Operators".
The building seems very similar, and the neon sign is identical (red instead of black and with some other words on the lower part), the trees have grown and the lawn is not so green, but it is the same classic motel. It is pictured at the top of this page.
Another Mobil Station
postcard Mobil in Kingman
1918 E Andy Devine Ave.
Across the street is a tire shop (Affordable Tires), formerly a Mobil station which dates back to 1939 (the year World War II began).
The card shows the Mobil sign facing a now gone "400 Motel" where the Walgreens now stands. You can see the still extant Siesta Motel neon sign behind the Mobile station's canopy.
On the following block, to your right is the Siesta Motel:
1926 E. Andy Devine Ave.
What a great name for a motel, "Siesta", the traditional Hispanic afternoon nap.
The motel opened in 1929, barely three years after the creation of Route 66. The building is still there, though nowadays it is an apartment complex.
Keep northbound and look to your left after crossing N. Stockton Hill Rd.
Orchard, also Astro and Space Age Inn
1967 E Andy Devine Ave.
The motel opened in 1964 as the Astro Motel, it was part of a chain that spanned California, Utah, Arizona and even reached KS.
The word "Astro" comes from Greek, and means star, celestial body, something from space.
Later it changed its name to Friendship Inn Space Age Motel, and now it it the Orchard Inn. It has the "avant garde" Googie style that distinguished the Astro chain motels.
The Astro Motels along Route 66 are:
Village Inn Pizza
Next to it is the Village Inn Pizza - Motel Restaurant (the "A" shaped building) from 1972 (or 1969 depending on the source) now named Vanny Inn -closed.
Bell Motel (Gone)
Across the road, on the eastbound lane of Route 66 (right) was the now razed Bell Motel, which later was the Desert Lodge. It was built in 1945 and was mentioned by Rittenhouse in his 1946 guidebook to Route 66.
Next to it, on its north side you can still see the Hill Crest Motel.
Hill Crest Motel
2018 E Andy Devine Ave.
This motel which dates back to 1935 and was upgraded in 1950, and again in 1985, is still standing here on Route 66.
On the back of the postcard pictured below you can read: "S. Highways 66 & 93. East Entrance of..Kingman, Arizona. Back of card: Hillcrest Motel U.S. Highways 66 & 93. East Entrance of KINGMAN, ARIZONA Telephone. Green 251... Air Conditioned & Air Cooled… Ceramic Tiled Baths, with Tubs & Showers... Wall to Wall Carpeting… Fireproof. Restaurants Nearby".
The building (with less trees) has survived relatively intact and a diner occupies its office. The current view of the former motel is shown below.
To your left, on the north side of US 66 is a former Diner:
Former Denny's Diner. A. Whittall
2011 E Andy Devine Ave.
The current "Rutherford's Family Diner" which we photographed in 2016 was from 1993 until 2009 the "Silver Spoon Family Restaurant". But before that it was a Denny's Diner with a classic "Boomerang Roof". This was a design from the early 1960s by Armet & Davis. There are more on Route 66, listed below.
- Barstow Denny's Diner
- Denny’s Diner in Needles CA
- Gallup NM Denny's
- Denny’s Tucumcari Diner
- Albuquerque's Whole Hog Cafe
Old fading Motel Neon Sign. A. Whittall
All of them sport this sixties "Googie" styled roof. This is its Street View.
Old Motel Sign
Don't miss the old Motel Neon Sign behind the restaurant -you can see it in the photo of the former Denny's and in this other photo.
It belonged to a now demolished motel which we have not yet identified; Street View.
West of this point begins a long stretch of urban road without any significant Route 66 motels until you approach I-40. Then you will see the former "Ranchito Motel", on your left at Airfield Ave.
2803 E Andy Devine Ave.
This motel built in 1940 and refurbished in 1955 is now the High Desert Inn.
The sign has changed and moved a few feet to the left of the image. But basically it is very similar to what it used to look like.
Lo's and Former ABC Neon Signs
Lo's Chinese Restaurant Neon Sign. A. Whittall
On Tucker St. to your left is one of America’s "Coolest Neon Signs", Lo’s Chinese American Food sign. And on the other side of Route 66, Street View is a wine-glass shaped sign of the now closed ABC Chinese restaurant, currently an Indian food restaurant.
Ahead, to your right, on the south side of the road is what once was the King’s Inn Motel.
Former King’s Inn Motel
2930 East Andy Devine Avenue, Kingman
The King's Inn Motel boasted on its postcard that it was a member of Best Western Motels and "Kingman's newest. 53 Luxurious Rooms with Free Sauna - Room Coffee - TV. - Phones... Excellent Rated... Lowell & Dorothy Dale, Owners-Managrers".
It is stil there, now the Best Western Plus King's Inn and Suites a four-star hotel. With the same "L" shaped layout on the southern wing.
It's "Heated Pool" with "pointed" corners is stil there" as you can see in the Then-and-Now photos below.
Vintage postcard King’s Inn Motel. hippostcard.com
A view of the King's Inn today. Booking.com
Across the road, to your left stands the former Pony Soldier Motel:
And, at the northern tip of the following block (also on the left side of Route 66):
Pony Soldier Motel
2939 E Andy Devine Ave.
This hotel is now the Route 66 Motel, and opened in 1963. At that time Route 66 no longer passed through Oatman but was still the main route through Kingman. There is a Pony Soldier Motel Sign in Tucumcari NM -the motel has gone.
It looks unchanged, except for the name on the original sign.
As you approach I-40, to your left is the Lido Motel.
Lido Motel Neon Sign. A. Whittall
3133 E Andy Devine Ave.
The motel was built in 1952, when Route 66 was realigned through Yucca, bypassing Oatman. It was remodeled in 1965.
In 1969, a Shell Service Station was built on its northern side. The filling station building is still there.
See this Street view of the Lido.
Pass under the Interstate, northbound along Route 66, and 1.2 miles North of I-40 is the last motel of this itinerary.
3801 E Andy Devine Ave,
This motel opened in 1955 and was successively remodeled in 1960 and 1973. Now it is a place that rents apartments. The original sign with a typical Route 66 shape has also gone.
Turn back and head into town again. The tour ends at the Skyliner.
Other Attractions and Tours in Kingman
Keep on discovering and exploring Kingman and its attractions.
- Chloride, a mining ghost town
- Santa Claus Arizona
- Grand Canyon Skywalk.
- Camp Beale Springs
- Hualapai Mountain Park
- White Cliffs Wagon Road
- Colorado River & Laughlin Nevada (Little Las Vegas)
- The Alignment of Old Route 66 from Williams to Kingman
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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.