Kingman’s vice mayor donates salary to Jim Hinckley’s Route 66 marketing efforts

The vice mayor of Kingman, Arizona, recently announced he is donating his salary for Jim Hinckley’s promotional and marketing efforts of Route 66 in the region.

Hinckley stated in an email the donation is worth $7,200 a year, and Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter will continue those contributions until he leaves office.

“I am honored, humbled, and surprised,” Hinckley, who recently helped establish the Route 66 Crossroads nonprofit group to help municipalities market Route 66, stated in an email.

From the news release:

Lingenfelter’s contribution is rooted a long family history of philanthropy in Kingman. Dr. John Lingenfelter served more than 20 years on the Mohave County Hospital District Board, donated funds as well as land for the building of the Joan and Diana Hospice Home, was instrumental in establishment of the Cornerstone Mission and founded a series of elder care facilities including the Gardens Rehab and Care Center, the Lingenfelter Center, Helen’s Place Assisted Living, the Legacy Rehab and Care Center in Kingman and the River Gardens Care Center in Bullhead City, Arizona, and donated property for the Amy Neal Retirement Center. In 1978, he was elected to the Kingman High School Board, and in 2009 donated land in to Mohave Community College for a nursing school.

Travis Lingenfelter formerly served as legislative liaison, director of economic development and director of procurement for Mohave County, Arizona. He is the recipient of several national accolades, including a National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the NxLevel for Entrepreneur’s small business training program and served on the Mohave Community College District Governing Board as District 4 Trustee for over four years. On numerous occasions he has contributed to community development projects as well as workforce development initiatives, community arts, and education.

Hinckley, the creator of Jim Hinckley’s America, a travel media network, is the author on 19 books and is the recipient of citations from the Dutch, German and Czech Route 66 associations. He has made presentations on Route 66, the highways history and culture, and the opportunities for economic development that the highways renaissance provides for communities along the Route 66 corridor throughout the United States and in Europe. Working with the Route 66 Association of Kingman and other organizations Hinckley has facilitated receptions for visiting groups and media tours as well as promotion and marketing of Kingman area tourism.

Hinckley is working on another book, with the working title “Murder & Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales From Bloody 66.” It focuses on the often-overlooked dark side of Route 66 history.

(Image of Jim Hinckley via Facebook)

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