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    Powerhouse Route 66 Museum

    by Basaic Updated Dec 15, 2009

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    The Powerhouse Museum traces the history of trails through the Kingman area from pre-history through the Route 66 years to today. There are also displays about the history of the area from the early settlements of the Native Americans to today. The museum is housed in the old Desert Power & Water Company, which was built between 1907 and 1911 and was one of the one of the laegest steam generating plants on the Pacific Coast. The building also houses the Kingman Visitors Center. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily. I do not remember the exact entrance fee; but it was cheap and covered the entrance for both this museum and the nearby Mohave Museum of History & Arts.

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    Mohave County Courthouse

    by Basaic Written Dec 15, 2009

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    The Mohave County Court House was built in 1915 next to the Mohave County Jail which preceeded it by 5 or 6 years. Both buildings were built using the Neo Colonial Revival style of architecture. the well known firm of Lescher & Kibbey from Phoenix designed the building and contractors came from Arkansas to build it. The court house was built with Tufa Stone from nearby Metcalfe Quarry. Both the court house and the jail next door are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Beale Park

    by Basaic Written Dec 16, 2009

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    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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    Mohave Museum of History & Arts

    by Basaic Updated Dec 15, 2009

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    The Mohave Museum has dioramas, murals and other displays that offer an introduction Northwest Arizona from pre-history to the present. They also have a special room dedicated to Andy Devine who grew up in Kingman and later became a fixture in many hollywood movies. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. The entrance fee covers this museum and the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum located nearby.

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    Locomotive Park

    by Basaic Written Dec 15, 2009

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    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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    Historic Hotels

    by Basaic Written Dec 16, 2009

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    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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    St John's United Methodist Church

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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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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    Locomotive Park

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 15, 2009

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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).

    Train as it was in 1966 Daughters in the engine cab of the A.T. & S. F
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    Kingman Depot

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    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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    Bonelli House

    by Basaic Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    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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    Hotel Beale 1900

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 13, 2015

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    Built in 1900, this piece of architectural history once catered to the passengers who rode the rail. And when that stopped, travelers stopped here along Route 66. Now it sits looking abandon, but reminding everyone it still stand proud.

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    Mohave Museum of History & Arts Displays

    by Basaic Written Dec 15, 2009

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    The museum also has several other displays including: The President's Room; a display of the contribution of Chinese immigrants; a snake; the Kingman Army Airfield during WW2; and a nice room dedicated to famous character actor Andy Devine.

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    Brunswick and Beale Hotels

    by atufft Updated Jan 3, 2010

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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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    Beale Street Commercial Buildings

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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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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    Little Red School House and 4th Street Buildings

    by atufft Written Jan 3, 2010

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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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