The weekend of Sept 23 - 25, 2016 promises to be an event unlike anything else in Kingman. With the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo and the Best of the West on Route 66 Festival, Kingman will be a smorgasbord of parading, live music, car shows, water sliding, bull riding, rock wall climbing, tractor pulling, rodeoing fun!
It was the year Marilyn Monroe and Andy Griffith were born, Al Capone was at the height of his career, and Annie Oakley and Harry Houdini died. In that year the Kelly Blue Book and the Children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh were first published, television was first demonstrated to the public, high school students first sat for the dreaded SAT, and it was also the year that Ford announced a 40 hour work week. It was 1926, the year U.S. Highway 66 was commissioned.
Route 66 is a result of America’s growth in the 20th century. And now it is a symbol, a reflection in the rear-view of a simpler time, a time of growth, prosperity, opportunity, freedom. It’s a result of America’s need to be mobile in times of war and of peace, in times of expansion and retraction, in good times and bad times.