Kingman Things to Do

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    Desert Power & Water Co. 1907-1911

    by Yaqui Written Dec 23, 2012

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    The plaque reads: Desert Power & Water Co. 1907-1911
    Among Largest Steam Generating
    Plants of its time on
    Pacific Coast
    National Register of Historic Places
    Plaque Donated by
    Heritage Crossroads
    2003

    The second sign reads: Route 66 Roadside Attraction
    The Powerhouse, Kingman Arizona
    Built of reinforced concrete, electricity generation began 90 years ago with operations continuing to 1938. After serving as a substation and later a recycling center, it was renovated to its current use and condition in 1997 by the "Powerhouse Gang." Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeing.

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    Powerhouse Museum

    by atufft Written Jan 4, 2010

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    Kingman Powerhouse Museum
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    In 1907 the Kingman Powerhouse began providing electrical power for the town and the miners in the area. The plant is reportedly "the largest of it's kind" at the time, but the plug was pulled when cheap hydroelectric power flowed from Hoover Dam beginning in 1938. The building itself, located as it is near the railroad tracks and Route 66, is substantial and local fundraising saved the concrete structure for use as a museum and gift shop mall. Inside there is a fine collection of photographs, a pictorial biography of Andy Devine, and a model railroad. Nearby is a classic Route 66 fuel stop still in operation.

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    Kingman Locomotive Park

    by atufft Written Jan 4, 2010

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    Locomotive #3759 in Kingman, AZ
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    Kingman was founded as a rail town and has long been a rail stop for passenger travel as it remains today an optional AMTRAK stop. The most famous passenger rail service though was Santa Fe's Kansas City to Los Angeles run that provided service ten times a month for some twenty years, ending in 1953. Locomotive #3759 was originally a "northern type" coal fired unit built in Pennsylvania, but was later converted to an oil burning locomotive. In 1957, the locomotive was donated by Santa Fe to the city of Kingman, and in 1987, a caboose was also donated. At the huge ceremony, locals were provide rail caps and a massive rope tow was assembled to move the locomotive. Inching the old locomotive was required to provide space for the new caboose to fit on the tracks.

    At Locomotive Park there are also tributes to veterans and to Kingman as a route for early pioneers.

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    Historic Kingman Residences

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Homes in Kingman, AZ
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    There are actually a fairly large number of homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which would escape the average visitor as being architecturally signficant. But, these two stand out and have a particularly impressive backdrop of rocky butts typical of the Kingman landscape.

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    Old Courthouse and County Jail

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Cyprus streets surround the Old Courthouse
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    The oldest courthouse in Mojave County is in Kingman, surrounded by an impressive stand of column cyprus trees. Next door is the even older and more unseemingly but more architecturally significant old county jail building. The latter is the oldest concrete and rebar building in Mojave County, built at time when such construction was novel. Both structures have been given over to other civic duties but remain occupied. The Courthouse has an interesting bronze statue dedicated to war veterans out front.

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    Little Red School House and 4th Street Buildings

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Little Red School House, Kingman, AZ
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    The oldest existing building, and only 19th century structure in Kingman is the Little Red School House at 204 N. 4th Street. This brick and wood structure is more impressive than it's name suggests. It remains in use, but not as a school. Across the street is the historic locally quarried stone Elks Lodge that was used as an opera house. The architecturally significant US Post Office building, and other structures are also on 4th street.

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    Beale Street Commercial Buildings

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Beale Street Business in Kingman, AZ
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    Beale Street is the principal downtown street, one block off Andy Devine Avenue, running from 1st to 7th Streets. There are a large number of important early 20th century structures here, most of which are now occupied by antique stores and other small shops.

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    Brunswick and Beale Hotels

    by atufft Updated Jan 3, 2010

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    Brunswick Hotel in Kingman, AZ
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    The old downtown begins along the north side of Andy Devine Avenue, otherwise known as Route 66 in Kingman, along a stretch on the western edge of town that parallels the railroad tracks on the south side. Particularly between 1st and 5th Streets there are a large number of early 20th century commercial buildings, many of them empty, others now filled with antique stores and local restaurants. The Brunswick Hotel is the most notable building right on Route 66, being the largest commercial building made entirely of local tufa stone.

    Next door is the Beale Hotel building made famous for having been owned and operated by the parents of Andy Devine, a Hollywood character actor during the forties, fifties, and sixties--mostly in western movie productions. Both structures exemplify the terrific challenges of restoring historic Kingman, as these structures are home to under-financed small businesses.

    The Brunswick is both B&B Hotel and Fine Dining establishment. From the menu, and local reputation, this may be the finest place to dine in Kingman, but Trip Advisor ratings clearly indicate that a hotel stay is not advised. But, since the building is historic, it's hard to compare a stay here with the many newer motels in town.

    The Beale is even more rundown establishment in want of renovation, but it has a great old sign propped on it's roof.

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    Bonelli House

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    Bonelli House

    A more impressive house is the Bonelli House, The current house was built in 1915 after the original home, built in 1894, was destroyed in a fire. It is currently owned by the city of Kingman and is operated by the Mohave Museum of History and Arts. Normal hours of operation are 11 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday. It was closed for renovations when I was there.

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    St John's United Methodist Church

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    St Johns United Methodist Church Building
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    The St John's United Methodist Church is a very impressive building. It was built in 1917 og locally quarried tufa stone and has a unique design. The use of the six Tuscan columns with a rasied podium is rare for the Neo-classical Revival style of architecture. This is considered one of the best examples of this style of architecture in the state. The church housed the Methodist Congregation, the oldest religious group in Kingman, for many years. Today it houses several county offices.

    Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were married here on 29 March 1939.

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    Historic Hotels

    by Basaic Written Dec 16, 2009

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    Hotel Brunswick and Hotel Beale

    Right across the street from the depot are two historic hotels. The Hotel Beale was built around the turn of the last century and was owned by the father of Andy Devine. Next to it is the Hotel Brunswick which opened its doors in 1909 and was the first three story building in Kingman. it is built of locally mined Tufa Stone. The Hotel Brunswick still functions as a hotel and I will probably stay there next time I am in Kingman.

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    Kingman Depot

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    Railroad Depot

    The railroad coming through Kingman was instrumental in the development of the town and it becoming the county seat. The railroad depot is located on Andy Devine Drive (old Route 66) in the center of the old part of town. The current depot was built in the early 1900s and is under renovation. This was part of the old Atlantic & Pacific Railroad Line. Across the street there used to be a large "Harvey House" which had the motto "Made desert blossom with beef steak and pretty girls". This was a good place to park and take a walking tour of the Kingman Historic District.

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    Beale Park

    by Basaic Written Dec 16, 2009

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    Veterans' Memorial, Beale Park

    Right next to Locomotive Park and across the street from the Mohave Museum of History & Arts is Beale Park. Beale Park is named for 1LT Edward Fitzgerald Beale who was one of the firsy surveyors to come through the area in 1857. The crew of the team included a caravan of camels and the famous camel drivers Greek George and Hi Jolly (for more information about Hi Jolly see my Quartzsite Page). Beale Park also has a monument to the US Armed Forces.

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    Locomotive Park

    by Basaic Written Dec 15, 2009

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    Train in Locomotive Park

    Locomotive Park is located on old Route 66 (Andy Devine Drive) just across from the Powerhouse Kingman Visitors Center/Route 66 Museum. It has one of the last steam locomotives from the Santa Fe Railroad. Very popular with kids of all ages. You will see lots of people stopping and posing with the train.

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    Locomotive Park

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 15, 2009

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    Train as it was in 1966
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    I know that we visited here because I have pictures of this A.T & S.F. (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) locomotive engine #3759

    Rebuilt in 1927, this "Northern type" coal burning steam locomotive was converted to run on oil fuel in 1941. Its regular passenger run was from Los Angeles to Kansas City, with Kingman as a water stop on the way back to Los Angeles.

    The last steam engine to traverse the line to Kingman, it was presented to the city as a historical monument in 1957 by the Santa Fe Railroad. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

    We visited in 1966. A colorful caboose was added to the park in 1987. (after our time).

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