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The first reference found of Kingman is from the Alta Arizona, a newspaper published in Mineral Park. The issue of 10 June 1882 states, "There is a new town on the tapis at or near Beale Springs."

In October 1882, the Alta Arizona refers to the sampling works at Kingman, also saying that Middleton is to be hereafter named Kingman, where in November 1882, a rooming house, stores and other buildings were going up.

By 1888 most of the original town site lots had been sold. On the north side of the Santa Fe line, on Front Street, now called Andy Devine Avenue, the business district grew, while the south side, South Front Street, now called Topeka Street, became Kingman's best district for homes. In 1919 there were seven garages, three meat markets, two drug stores, two churches, a Western Union, two lumber yards, a picture show and numerous hotels and saloons. Kingman's one industry was the Yucca Fiber Factory which made rope from the yucca plant.

Kingman had the advantage of being located on the railroad and on U.S. 66. The first airport, laid out by Charles Lindberg, was dedicated on June 8, 1929. Kingman Army Air Field, constructed in 1942.

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  • Last visit to Kingman: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Dec 25, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    An amazing amount of historic buildings here, good to see they are being preserved. Thanks for the interesting page.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    As I happened to drive some distance along the Route 66 its name sounds familar to me and landscapes around it in Arizona looks familiar also. Thank you Dee for reminding...

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      There are so many neat little places to see. More to come someday. Thank you for exploring my Kingman page!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Great page! It seems a nice place to explore.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    Kingman looks like a town with lots of nice century-old buildings! Good they are preserving their history!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      I was surprised and glad to see so many still here. Just a really neat place to explore. Thanks Malena for stopping by.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    What a lot of interesting buildings to see in this town.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Some lovely buildings here in Kingman esp the little red school house and the wonderful stone church St. Mary's.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    They built some very attractive and sturdy-looking buildings at the beginning of the twentieth century and in the 1930s. That’s funny about the county jail with its "natural lie detectors" in the cells.


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