Road Trip on Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman, Arizona

 

Welcome to Seligman ... "Birth Place of Historic Route 66"Welcome to Seligman ... "Birth Place of Historic Route 66"

One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, stretching 2,448 miles.

Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west.

One of our favorite segments along the Mother Road stretches 87 miles from Seligman westward to Kingman in Arizona.

Seligman is located on Historic Route 66, between Flagstaff and Kingman, just north of the present-day I-40. It is situated at an altitude of 5,242', and has a population of about 450 residents.

On this leg of Route 66 we will pass through the small towns of Yampai, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine and Hackberry on the way.

Map of Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman, Arizona
Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman, Arizona
The Aztec Hotel and Gift Shop on Historic Route 66 in ArizonaThe Aztec Hotel and Gift Shop in Seligman on Historic Route 66!

Starting Point: The Old Railroad Town of Seligman, Arizona

Seligman's earlier roots was as a railroad town. Originally Seligman was called “Prescott Junction” because it was the railroad stop on the Santa Fe Railroad mainline junction with the Prescott and Arizona Central Railway Company.

In 1886 it was renamed Seligman, after Jesse Seligman, one of the founders of J.W. Seligman Co. of New York, who helped finance the railroad lines in the area.

In 1987 Seligman became known as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66”.

Today, Seligman is home to numerous gift shops, restaurants and several small motels. It is truly a step back in time!

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center in Seligman, Arizona. We've shopped there, and highly recommend it!

Angel & Vilma's
Seligman, Arizona

In 1972, Angel Delgadillo moved his barber shop so that he could take advantage of the traffic on the new alignment of Route 66 through Seligman.

Business was good until September of 1978, when I-40 bypassed Seligman. To stimulate tourism, Angel, his wife Vilma, and other shop owners in northwest Arizona established the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. The Association was located in Angel's Barber Shop & Pool Hall.

His work helped make Seligman "The Birthplace of Historic Route 66".

Read more at www.Route66GiftShop.com

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center in Seligman, Arizona



Elvis and friend on a break on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona
Elvis and friend on a break on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona


The famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona

The famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in Arizona


The Route 66 Motoporium ... A shopping paradise in Seligman!

The Motoporium ... A shopping paradise in Seligman!

Stopping for a close-up and personal view of Route 66 just northwest of SeligmanTouching The Mother Road: Stopping for a close-up and personal view of Route 66 just northwest of Seligman

Traveling Westbound on Route 66 from Seligman in Arizona

Heading westbound in Arizona, Route 66 takes a northwestern turn at Seligman, away from today's Interstate 40, and passes through the small towns of Yampai, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine and Hackberry.

West of Seligman the road settles into the Aubrey Valley, and then nears Grand Canyon Caverns.

Next up is Peach Springs, a Hualapai Tribe community, and views of the Music Mountains and Laughing Jack Butte. Tours of the Grand Canyon Caverns are located nearby.

The small towns of Truxton, Valentine and Hackberry are next ... be sure to stop at the Hackberry General Store for a drink and Route 66 sourvenirs.

The final stretch runs through the Hualapai Valley and southwest into Kingman.

We've been to Seligman on several occasions, and have made the trip to Kingman on the old road. There is typically no traffic, and it is an easy drive.

This is a highly recommended segment of Route 66, where travelers can slow down and sense what the Mother Road was like in her prime!

Quiet scene along Route 66 between Seligman and Kingman, Arizona
Recent, quiet scene along Route 66 between Seligman and Kingman, Arizona

Peach Springs, Arizona

Peach Springs ha a population of 1,090 residents and serves as the administrative headquarters of the Hualapai people. It is located on the Hualapai Reservation.

Seen here is the sign at the Historic Route 66 Park in Peach Springs.

Also of interest to travelers is the Hualapai Lodge located in Peach Springs.

Historic Route 66 Park in Peach Springs, Arizona ... Hualapai Nation

John Osterman Gas Station, Peach Springs, Arizona, on Historic Route 66
John Osterman Gas Station, Peach Springs, Arizona, on Historic Route 66

The Caverns Inn near Peach Springs on Historic Route 66 in Arizona
The Caverns Inn on Historic Route 66 in Arizona

 

 

Entrance area to the Grand Canyon Caverns on Historic Route 66 in Arizona
Entrance area to the Grand Canyon Caverns on Historic Route 66 in Arizona

Hackberry, Arizona

Stopover in Hackberry, Arizona ... Hoping to make the entire Route 66 between Seligman and Kingman before a breakdown!

Be sure to stop at the Hackberry General Store ... pop, ice, snacks, sourvenirs and more!

Hoping to make the entire Route 66 before a breakdown!

Recent, quiet scene along Route 66 between Seligman and Kingman, Arizona

Corvette Drive at Hackberry, Arizona, between Seligman and Kingman on U.S. Route 66
The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"

Rusted cars resting in the desert near Hackberry, Arizona on Route 66
Rusted cars resting in the desert near Hackberry, Arizona on Route 66

The green Studebaker, waiting to travel on Historic Route 66 in Arizona
The green Studebaker, waiting to travel on Historic Route 66 in Arizona

Lodging Options Along Route 66

Hotels in Seligman, Arizona

Hotels in Kingman, Arizona

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The famous Route 66 water tower in Kingman, ArizonaRoute 66 water tower in Kingman

Arrival in Kingman Arizona on Route 66

The City of Kingman is the county seat of Mohave County, and has a population of about 28,000 residents, while the entire metro area accounts for about 66,000 residents.

Kingman is located on Historic Route 66, Interstate 40, U.S. Route 93, and Arizona Highway 68.

With its geographical location, it provides access to the gambling destinations of Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, as well as the Grand Canyon, California, the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lake Mohave, and Lake Havasu. It also is an Amtrak stop.

Popular attractions include the Historic Route 66 Museum and the Kingman Railroad Museum.

For aviation fans, make a stop at the Kingman Airport on the north side of town. It is a major airplane boneyard and storage facility for commercial airliners.

The Kingman area is served by about 35 hotels and motels, and over 100 restaurants, diners and cafes.

Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona
Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona

 

 

The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

Mohave Museum in Kingman
Mohave Museum in Kingman
Rt 66 Motorcycle Parts & Accessories
Rt 66 Motorcycle Parts & Accessories in Kingman, AZ
Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural
Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona

The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"
The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"

 

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on the Next Route 66 Segment?

Kingman to Oatman, Arizona

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona

 

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