Powerhouse Visitor Center

Kingman, Arizona

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The Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona is housed in a historic building that was constructed in two phases between 1907 and 1911. Known as the Desert Power & Water Company Electric Power Plant, it powered Kingman and the surrounding mines from July 1909 until 1938. Once Hoover Dam was completed that year, the building was no longer the primary power supplier and was relegated solely to a backup.

After a while, the building became unused. And, by the 1980s, with no more purpose, it was considered an eyesore and risked being town down for good.

Luckily, it has stood the test of time. In 1986 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places And, In 1997, the building was reborn as the Powerhouse Visitor Center.

Now the former power plant serves as a stopping point for Route 66 travelers to get more information for their journey, pick up souvenirs at the gift shop, and peruse exhibits at the Route 66 and electric vehicle museums. It also is home to the Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of Route 66 in the state.

Visit the Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona to enjoy the Arizona Route 66 Museum, the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum, the Wish You Were Here Mural, and the Drive-Thru Route 66 Sign.

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Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona

Powerhouse Visitor Center

Address:
120 W Andy Devine Ave #2, Kingman, AZ 86401

Hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm, Daily

Cost:
Free

Phone Number:
(928) 753-6106

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Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona
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Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona
Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona

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Where to Stay Near the Powerhouse Visitor Center

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Kingman, Arizona hotels near Route 66.

El Trovatore Motel

El Trovatore Motel is located in downtown Kingman and offers themed rooms dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and more. Outside the property boasts many fun murals, including the world’s longest map of Route 66. Look for the famous neon sign!

Ramada by Wyndham Kingman

Ramada by Wyndham Kingman might be a chain hotel, but it embraces the Route 66 spirit with decor and themed murals. The pet-friendly hotel has free WiFi, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and free parking.

Enhance your visit to Kingman with a tour! Whether you love history, the outdoors, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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