If you are looking for opportunity it is blossoming in Kingman, Arizona, a dusty high desert town on the cusp of becoming a major destination. The historic Brunswick Hotel and Beale Celebrations event center are currently for sale and the savvy investor would have to look far and wide to find a more lucrative opportunity. Most every weekend there is an event in the historic business district, and increasingly Kingman is becoming a destination for legions of Route 66 travelers, mountain bikers, arts enthusiasts and people from the Los Angeles metropolitan area as well as Phoenix in search of a fun weekend getaway.
The growing popularity of Route 66 is nothing short of astounding. There are active Route 66 associations in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, and Brazil. Attendance of the second European Route 66 Festival in Zlin, Czech republic was estimated at more than 20,000 people from ten countries. There are companies that specialize in Route 66 tours based in Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Germany and the Netherlands. Kingman is located at the center of the longest remaining uninterrupted segment of Route 66, 160 miles. Consistently this portion of iconic Route 66 is rated as the most scenic anywhere between Chicago and Santa Monica, California. Read More
In recent years there has been a rather dramatic transformation of the historic business district in Kingman, Arizona. Art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, wine bars, and vibrant events are replacing shuttered storefronts, empty street after 5:00 P.M. and thrift stores. For the young entrepreneur or savvy investor opportunity is knocking. Recently that opportunity was framed in neon when it was announced that Beale Celebrations is for sale! Opportunity doesn’t stop there. Also for sale is the blank slate that is the Brunswick Hotel, as well as the turn key restaurant currently leased by Luigi Garibaldi, and Brunswick Suites.
The Brunswick Hotel represents an incredible array of diverse opportunities. The ground floor is ideally suited for use as a restaurant and lounge. There is an expansive dry basement that could be used for storage, or perhaps, a wine bar.
Currently lodging in the historic district is limited. There is a desperate need for a hotel at the heart of the renaissance. The Brunswick Hotel is ideally suited for development as a boutique hotel property, and it is located just one block from the railroad depot. Kingman is served by Amtrak and is on a direct line that connects Chicago with Los Angeles. With the recent restoration of the La Posada railroad hotel in Winslow, and the ongoing restoration of the Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Amtrak is again becoming a popular options for travelers in the southwest. The popularity of the Brunswick Suites in the rear courtyard provides a hint at what is possible. Another option would development of the property as a restaurant and office complex. There is also a need for office space in downtown Kingman. Read More
The Brunswick Hotel has stood as a silent sentinel to a flow of history in Kingman
for more than a century. A celebration took place at the hotel in February 1912 when Arizona made the transition from territory to state. Dating to 1951 the Beale Celebrations building is a relative newcomer in Kingman but it too has withstood decades of change that transformed what is now the historic business district.
The Brunswick Hotel was the city’s first three story building. Edsel spent the night of July 16, 1915 at the hotel during his westward jaunt along the National Old Trails Road. When Clark Gable and Carol Lombard married in March 1939, an impromptu reception was held in the hotel’s restaurant. Read More
The historic business district in Kingman, Arizona,
and the Route 66 corridor through town, is experiencing a rather dramatic renaissance. At every turn there are signs of renewal; refurbished and new neon signage created by Legacy Signs shines bright at Rickety Cricket, Beale Celebrations, and Floyd & Company. On Andy Devine Avenue, Route 66, the long shuttered historic Beale Hotel and other store fronts are tangible links to a time when this district was forlorn and forgotten. Even among the weathered facades and vacant lots, the glow of neon again shines bright.
At Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner, the former Frontier Cafe sign has been repurposed. Next door at Dunton Motors Dream Machines, a family owned business that opened in 1946, an early 1960’s OK Used Car signs cast a colorful glow over vintage cars giving the dealership a time capsule feel. The 1930’s Desert Drug sign, a piece of custom neon artistry for the downtown branch of the post office, and the towering Packard sign that dates to about 1930 on the front of the Old Trails Garage are popular photo ops during the Promote Kingman neon night walking tours guided by author and historian Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America. Read More
The historic business district in Kingman, Arizona has changed rather
dramatically since a row of territorial era homes was cleared from the Fourth and Beale Street corner in the early 1950’s, and a modern J.C. Penny was built. Kingman in those years was a modern, bustling community that was firmly rooted in its frontier era origins.
Route 66 funneled an endless stream of cars and trucks through town on Front Street. A few years latter the towns favorite son would be honored with the renaming of the Route 66 corridor to Andy Devine Avenue. With more than 2,000 vehicles per day passing through Kingman, it was a boom time for motels, service stations, garages, and restaurants. Read More
Last month I shared a glimpse of the future that is built on what was started in
2014. In that post I noted that Kingman, and what was then a nondescript building at the heart of the historic business district, a former J.C. Penny’s (now Beale Celebrations) seemed an unlikely place for a convention with participants traveling from throughout the United States and Europe to attend. Even more surprising is the fact that this historic convention, the International Route 66 Festival, continues to influence and affect the Route 66 community. Read More
Let’s take a moment to imagine, to give flight to fancy. Let’s take a moment to dream, and
perhaps, to find ways to make the dream a reality. First, a bit of history.
In 2014 the City of Kingman hosted the International Route 66 Festival. The building that would become Beale Celebrations was a focal point for the event with its central location and the exhibition of authors and artists. Read More
Beale Celebrations located in the heart of Kingman’s historic business
district with its neon trimmed facade, distinctive neon signage created by Legacy Signs, and turquoise color is not easily overlooked. Not even in a vibrant district where neon signage, microbreweries, wine bars, eclectic shops, and diverse restaurants manifest a renaissance in a once moribund neighborhood.
Beale Celebrations, however, is more than just a colorful landmark. It is opportunity made manifest, and a place to make memories. Read More
The Beale Celebrations building at the very heart of the historic
district renaissance is more than just an ideal setting for events, conferences, and concerts. It represents tremendous opportunity for someone with vision. As it the building is a direct link to more than sixty years of Kingman history, it also provides opportunity for some fun with trivia.
In 1951, the corner of Fourth and Beale Streets in Kingman, Arizona, just one block north of Front Street, the very busy Route 66 corridor through town, was transformed. Old home, some of which dated to the late 19th century, were razed and in their place a new modern store was built. This was the home of J.C. Penny’s for decades in Kingman. Read More
Listen close. Do you hear that sound carried on gentle sage scented desert winds?
That, my friend, is the sound of opportunity knocking. Beale Celebrations located at the corner of Fourth and Beale Streets in the historic heart of the Kingman, Arizona business district is ideally located to serve as a venue for conferences, events, weddings, or conventions.
Just one block north of iconic Route 66, Beale Celebrations is located within walking distance of a variety restaurants, microbreweries, and wine bars. Major motels, some of which offer shuttle service, are conveniently located within a five mile radius. And for something a bit closer, there are an an array of Airbnb locations in the immediate area. Cowboy Kitsch, a full two bedroom apartment, is mere steps to the north. Read More