Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway: Kingman to Golden Shores Professional Review and Guide
"The Oatman Road traverses a 47-mile section of beloved Old Route 66, a 2,400-mile-long highway that linked Chicago’s Lake Michigan with the Pacific Ocean’s billowing surf at road’s end in Los Angeles. For some fifty years, from the mid-1920s through the mid-1970s when parts of five different interstate highways replaced it, Route 66 was America’s national road. The highway, crossing eight states, crept through so many small towns it became known as the Main Street of America.
Through Arizona Route 66 traversed a railroad corridor surveyed by Lieutenant Edward F. Beale and his exotic caravan of soldiers, camels, and Arabian camel drivers in 1857. Beale predicted his route—later followed by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and Route 66—would “inevitably become the great emigrant road to California.”"