Tuesday, April 5, 2011

useless facts about kingman

Did you know that Clark Gable married Carole Lombard in a Methodist church in Kingman, Arizona? According to some legend, they continue to haunt the Oatman Hotel in Oatman, AZ (about 30 minutes from Kingman on Route 66) where the couple stayed on their wedding night and often visited after that. The hotel is now open as a museum and you can visit their old room. However this site says the couple never stayed at the hotel, ever. Believe what you will. (Oatman is an old gold mining town turned ghost town these days. We drove through it one evening but it was too late for the gunfights. We'll go again.)

When we first moved to Kingman we noticed that in town, Route 66 is called Andy Devine Ave. It is referred to as Andy Devine and not Route 66 among the residents of Kingman. Andy Devine was an actor, mostly playing cowboy sidekicks. Route 66 was named for him after he died in 1977.

One of Pamela Anderson's Playboy photoshoots in 1992 was taken at the corner of 4th St and Route 66 in Kingman. She was taken to the police for indecent exposure, but not charged.

The movie Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, took place in Kingman. Several other films have shots taken in Kingman. Timothy McVeigh also spent some time here right before the bombing...uh, exciting, right?

And of course, don't forget, Kingman's song mention in Get Your Kicks on Route 66. For those of us who would never have otherwise heard of the little town.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun place to live! I won the cuff from Tatertots and Jelly, I just got it in the mail today, and I love it! Thank you so much! It is such a fun piece of jewelery, I treasure it!