Kingman, the Heart of historic Route 66 & one of the hidden treasures of Arizona, is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for "Route 66 and Beyond". Kingman sits at an elevation of 3,336 feet in a high desert pass between the Cerbat and Hualapai mountains in Arizona's northwest territory, east of the rugged Black mountains. Kingman is also just 45 minutes away from three major lakes including Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Lake Mead making it a great place for fishing and boating buffs; not to mention the exceptional hunting, hiking, camping, photography and rock-hounding opportunities the area entails.
Kingman and Mohave County, like all of the southwest is experiencing some of the fastest growth rates in terms of population and economic development in the United States. Kingman is a city that is proud of its rich history and heritage and has the new, the old and the exciting. Kingman was named after Lewis Kingman who surveyed land along the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad right of way. Kingman was originally a small camp settlement for those that built the railroad track in the area which was completed in 1883. Lewis Kingman supervised the building of the railroad from Winslow to Beale's Springs, which is near the present location of the city of Kingman.
Kingman boasts being the "Heart of Old Route 66" of which 158 original miles still run through Arizona. The longest running stretch of Old Route 66 runs through Kingman which celebrates the "Mother Road" with its annual "Historic Route 66 Fun Run" when humdreds of classic cars travel from Seligman to Topock Arizona. Today, the Kingman area is home to some 40,000 people with numerous recreational opportunities nearby, including the Colorado River, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave. The West End of the Grand Canyon is about 50 miles from Kingman where you can take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the Canyon or take a stroll on the new SkyWalk that extends out over the Canyon.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan