Although the area is dotted with mining ghost towns and soldiers at Fort Mojave went prospecting here in their off-duty hours, Kingman, Arizona located in a natural basin, surrounded by basaltic hills, was established not as a mining camp, but because of the railroad.
In 1880, Lewis Kingman surveyed along the Atlantic and Pacific right of way between Needles and Albuquerque. By 1883 the track was completed and the name was changed from Middleton to Kingman. At the time of the building of Boulder (now Hoover) Dam, Kingman had the advantage of being located on the railroad and on U.S. 66.
Favorite thing: ASH FORK. Ash Fork has a moderate climate and an excellent location. These two elements make it an ideal stopping point to see the surrounding area. Today Ash Fork's population is 530. The town sits at an elevation of 5,140 feet. The climate is mild all year round with a winter low temperature of 25 degrees and summer high temperature of 90 degrees. Today Ash Fork is known as the 'Flagstone Capitol of the United States'.
Favorite thing: SELIGMAN was established in 1886 as the connecting point of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, with a long abandoned rail line extending south to Prescott. As the railroad barreled through Arizona to align the right resouces of the west with the businesses of the east, it gave birth to many such towns along the way.
Favorite thing: PEACH SPRINGS is located in Mohave County northeast of Kingman between Hackberry and Seligman along Highway 66 near the Colorado River. Situated within the Hualapai Indian Reservation.