DescriptionKingman, the county seat of Mohave County, is located between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and was established in the early 1880s with the arrival of the railroad. It also serves as a transportation corridor to Grand Canyon National Park South Rim as well as the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the western area.
Kingman's popularity is maintained as the main stop on the longest existing stretch of Historic Route 66—the first completely paved national highway in the country. Linking hundreds of towns and cities between Chicago and Los Angeles, Route 66 formed the main street of towns along its route, thus its nickname “Main Street of America.” Today travelers can traverse some 158 miles of historic roadway beginning west of Ashfork, continuing through Seligman, Peach Springs, Valentine, Truxton, Hackberry and on to Kingman and through Oatman to Topock. For a self-guiding driving tour brochure contact the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, 120 W. Andy Devine Ave., Kingman, AZ 86401; phone (928) 753-5001.
Some 800 classic cars start their engines in Seligman and head 140 miles to Topock/Golden Shores during the Historic Route 66 Fun Run , held the first weekend in May. Communities along the route celebrate with food and entertainment.
At the junction of I-40 and US 93, Kingman is an access point to lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu. Ghost towns surround this former gold-mining community. Towns such as Oatman and Chloride were business and social centers for surrounding mining camps during the early 20th century. With many of their original buildings still standing, Oatman and Chloride draw both filmmakers and tourists. In Oatman, visitors may even hand-feed the burros—descendants of those left behind by early-day miners—that roam the town's streets. From Kingman, Oatman is reached by SR 66 (Old Route 66). Chloride is north of Kingman on SR 93 at mile marker 53, 4 miles off the highway on CR 125.
Hualapai Mountain Park (pronounced Wal-lah-pie) is 12 miles southeast. It is named for the Native Americans who inhabited the mountains until the 1870s. Mountain elevations range from 5,000 to 8,500 feet, and a variety of native wildlife lives here, including deer, eagles, elk, foxes, hawks, rabbits and squirrels.
Visitor InfoCity of Kingman Visitor Center 120 W. Andy Devine Ave Box 11 KINGMAN, AZ 86401. Phone:(928)753-6106 or (866)427-7866
Things to SeeBonelli House