Among Route 66 aficionados, Kingman is known as the main hub of the longest uninterrupted stretch of the historic highway, running from Topock to Seligman. Among its early-20th-century buildings is the former Methodist church at 5th and Spring Sts where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard eloped in 1939. Hometown hero Andy Devine had his Hollywood breakthrough as the perpetually befuddled driver of the eponymous Stagecoach in John Ford's Oscar-winning 1939 movie.
Outside interest in Kingman has kept the town vital. Interesting eateries, watering holes and galleries can be found on Beale St, the axis of historic downtown, and a raft of classic motels has been preserved.
Route 66 barrels through town as Andy Devine Ave. It runs parallel to the up-and-coming Beale St. Supermarkets, gas stations and other businesses line up along northbound Stockton Hill Rd, which is also the road to take for Grand Canyon West.