Jim Hinckley (center) speaking during the opening ceremonies at the Second European Route 66 Festival.

Kingman Vice Mayor to Donate Salary for Tourism

Jim Hinckley (center) speaking during the opening ceremonies at the Second European Route 66 Festival. (Photo courtesy of Jim Hinckley)

KINGMAN — Travis Lingenfelter, the vice mayor of Kingman, has pledged to donate his salary for the remainder of his tenure, which ends in December 2020, to local author Jim Hinkley in support of his Route 66 promotional and marketing efforts.

“I did it to call positive attention to and support Mr. Jim Hinckley as he continues to champion Kingman,” said Lingenfelter. “No one works harder than Jim, and his historical presentations. His walking tours are jewels that simply cannot be replicated. It makes me glad to know that every dollar will be reinvested back into Jim’s proven tourism promotional efforts for Kingman.”

Hinckley, the creator of  “Jim Hinckley’s America,” is the author of 19 books and is the recipient of citations from the Dutch, German and Czech Route 66 associations. He has made presentations on Route 66, as well as its history and culture. He also teaches about the  economic development opportunities provided by the rebirth of the famous highway throughout the United States and Europe.

Hinckley, working with the Route 66 Association of Kingman and other organizations, has hosted receptions for visiting groups and media tours, as well as promotion and marketing of Kingman area tourism.  

Lingenfelter’s contribution is rooted in a long family history of philanthropy in Kingman. His grandfather, John Lingenfelter, served more than 20 years on the Mohave County Hospital District Board, donated funds and land for the Joan and Diana Hospice Home, was instrumental in establishing the Cornerstone Mission, and founded a series of elder care facilities.

They include the Gardens Rehab and Care Center, the Lingenfelter Center, Helen’s Place Assisted Living and the Legacy Rehab and Care Center in Kingman. He established the River Gardens Care Center in Bullhead City and donated property for the Amy Neal Retirement Center. In 2009, he donated land 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. He is the recipient of several national awards, including the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the NxLevel for Entrepreneurs, a small business training program.  

He served on the Mohave Community College District Governing Board as District 4 trustee for more than four years. He has contributed to community development projects, as well as workforce development initiatives, community arts and education.