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Location / Description
Kingman is known as The Heart of Historic Route 66 because the longest remaining preserved stretch of the famous all-American road, Route 66, runs through downtown. However, that is not all there is to the Kingman.
Kingman is located in northwestern Arizona at the intersection of Interstate 40 and US 93. It is situated in the Hualapai Valley between the Cerbat and Hualapai Mountain Ranges. The surrounding terrain lends itself to exploration and the location of Kingman makes it a good stopping place to see the town and to see the surrounding sites and destinations.
Kingman is a mining a ranching center that is presently experiencing a growth spurt along with many other areas of Arizona.
Population / Elevation
Population: 27,635 (2006)
Elevation: 3,345 feet above sea level
In October of 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale and his experimental Camel Corps trudged across the present site of Kingman, Arizona, surveying a wagon road along the 35th parallel. After the first travelers encountered hostile Indians in the area, Fort Mojave was established on the Colorado River. Off-duty soldiers scouted the hills and found gold and silver. Mining camps sprang up in the years to come and in the early 1870s, cattle were driven in to take advantage of the lush grasses of the area. In 1880, Lewis Kingman surveyed the area, and the laying of railroad track was eventually completed in 1883, establishing Kingman as a mining and ranching center. In 1887, Kingman became the County Seat. Being on the railroad line and on Route 66 made the area ideal for commerce. It was also in the direct route to the location of the eventual site of Hoover Dam.
Movie Star, Andy Devine (1905-1977) was from Kingman. A street is named after him and an annual town event holds his name.
Things To Do
- January - Polar Bear Dip - A New Year’s Icy Cold Challenge - Join in a freezing swim on the first day of the new year.
- February - Wild West Days (Oatman, AZ)
- March - St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Community Fair
- April - Laughlin River Run - Bring your Harley and show off your skill.
- May - Historic Route 66 Fun Run - classic cars travel from Seligman to Topock/Gold Shores, AZ along the Historic Route 66 and through Kingman.
- May - Festival of the Arts at Metcalfe Park
- June - Old Miners Day Parade and Community Fair
- July Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Display
- August - Hualapai Mountain Arts and Crafts Festival
- August - Mighty Mud Mania - kids get down and dirty on a mud obstacle course. Then they get cleaned up by fire engine hoses. Super fun and very popular event.
- September - Gold Camp Days - Labor Day weekend parade with a crazy hat contest, beard contest, and a Burro Biscuit Throwing Contest
- September - Mohave County Fair at Mohave County Fair Grounds
- September - Andy Devine Days/Rodeo at Mohave County Fair Grounds
- October - Kingman Air and Auto Show
- November - Dick Tomlin Triathlon
- December - Very Merry Parade of Lights - features brilliantly lighted floats and vehicles
Camping & RV Parks
For more information, contact:
Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Staff
120 W. Andy Devine
Resources & Nearby Attractions
Historic Route 66, also known as The Main Street of America, The Will Rogers Highway, and The Mother Road go through the heart of Kingman.
The Hualapai, Cerbat and Black mountains that surround Kingman offer numerous recreational opportunities. Mohave County boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline on the Colorado River, which includes Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and Lake Mohave. These areas provide fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports.
Lake Mead - largest manmade lake in North America; houseboats and water sports. Vacation site.
Lake Mohave - lake recreation site.
Cities & Towns
Parks & Monuments
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
- Fourteen miles southeast of Kingman is beautiful Hualapai Mountain Park, which is at an elevation of 6,700 feet. Offered there is overnight camping, picnicking, hiking and other activities.
- Camp Beale Loop Trail – multipurpose (non-motorized hiking, mountain bicycling, and equestrian trails)
- White Cliffs Wagon Trail Path – once used
to bring ore from Stockton Hill Mines to the railroad
Historic & Points of Interest
- Bonelli House – This was built in 1915 and is an example of the type of architecture popular in Arizona at that time. Antiques. Period pieces. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Mohave Museum of History and Arts – 12,000 square feet of “Old West” dioramas.
- Historic Route 66 Museum
- Locomotive Park – Home to the famed steam engine #3759
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