Jim Hinckley standing by an old truck at Antares Point on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona. Jim Hinckley's America/File Photo
Kingman

Local Route 66 Historian to Teach Courses at MCC

Jim Hinckley standing by an old truck at Antares Point on Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona. Jim Hinckley’s America/File Photo

KINGMAN– Jim Hinckley, local author and Route 66 historian, will be instructing two courses on Route 66 at Mohave Community College.

Although Hinckley is new to teaching, he has given many international presentations. He speaks at events around the world. Hinckley said if residents make the community a place people want to visit, it will be a place where people want to live, open businesses, retire and raise families.

“Simply put, not all economic development is tourism, but all tourism is economic development,” said Hinckley. “These classes will foster a greater sense of awareness about tourism and its potential impact on the city of Kingman.”

The first course is Route 66 Hospitality and Tourism. It will take place May 29 to June 12. The course will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Mohave Community College Neal Campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave. It is an introduction to tourism in the southwest. This includes differentiation between the international and domestic tourism market, the potential economic impact of tourism on a community and how tourism can contribute to increased profitability and community revitalization. Supplies will include a book by Jim Hinckley. The cost is $125.

The second course is The History and Culture of Route 66. This course will take place May 8-May 22. The course will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Mohave Community College Neal Campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave. This course presents a historical overview of tourism in the southwest from development of the railroad and Harvey House chain through the era of the National Old Trails Road and U.S. 66 to the 21st century. It is a period of renaissance for Route 66. Supplies include a book by Jim Hinckley. The cost is $50.

Kingman Community Incorporate Education Coordinator Beverly Valentine said Hinckley is very knowledgeable about Kingman and Mohave County History. She said he also knows how to bring tourism into our community.

“Our goal is to work with some of the business to help them understand the international business in Route 66,” said Valentine. “We have so many international visitors to Kingman and Mohave County that are very interested in the history of Route 66. He’s hoping to help them promote that with our tourists.”

Registration for the courses is through the MCC website. To register, go here: https://www.mohave.edu/about/community-education/ or call MCC Connect at 866-664-2832.