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El Trovatore Motel continues to add murals

Sam and Monica Frisher haven’t quit improving his historic El Trovatore Motel in Kingman, Ariz., by restoring its neon signs, including a prominent one on a tower on a nearby hill.

The latest additions are new murals on the grounds. According to the Kingman Daily Miner:

The Frishers have invested about $7,000 so far in the murals.

Kingman artist David Stem completed a large mural last week on a neighboring block wall behind the motel of two American flags waving in the breeze and a golden eagle with outstretched wings. The mural measures about 40 feet wide and five feet tall and took about a month to complete. Also, Stem is repairing previous murals and painting Looney Tunes characters on a front section of the hotel. […]

Sam Frisher said his next murals on the block wall will contain a dove holding an olive branch and an Arizona flag. He also plans to decorate the back section of the hotel with celebrities on vehicles, such as Steve McQueen on a motorcycle or James Bond with an Aston Martin car. And he’s hoping for dolphins in the pool, which has been empty for years.

Other murals that were painted in recent months were a 206-foot-long map of Route 66; a B-17 bomber and Kingman airfield in 1942; a Kingman postcard mural; a celebrity mural featuring James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley; and a large red diesel train.

A couple of the murals may be seen here.

El Trovatore Court was built in 1939 on El Trovatore Hill by John F. Miller, who gained fame and fortune previously by building the first hotel in Las Vegas, Hotel Nevada, in 1906. The motel had been serving as apartments in recent years, until the Frishers renovated and reopened it to overnight guests in 2012.


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