|— City —|
|Motto: "The Heart of Historic Route 66"|
|• Mayor||John Salem|
|• Total||30 sq mi (77.7 km2)|
|• Land||30.0 sq mi (77.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||3,333 ft (1,016 m)|
|• Density||669.7/sq mi (258.6/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||86401, 86402, 86409|
Kingman (Huwaalyapay Nyava in the Mojave language) is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, and is also the county seat. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 28,068. The nearby communities of Butler and Golden Valley bring the Kingman area total population to over 66,000. Kingman is located 33 miles (53 km) east of Bullhead City, Arizona, 85 miles (137 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, about 165 miles (266 km) northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, and about 250 miles (400 km) northeast of Los Angeles, California.
Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a U.S. Navy officer in the service of the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, was ordered by the U.S. War Department to build a federal wagon road across the 35th Parallel. His secondary orders were to test the feasibility of the use of camels as pack animals in the southwestern desert. Beale traveled through the present day Kingman in 1857 surveying the road and in 1859 to build the road. The road became part of Highway 66 and Interstate Highway 40. Remnants of the wagon road can still be seen in White Cliffs Canyon in Kingman.
Kingman, Arizona, was founded in 1882, when Arizona was only Arizona Territory. Situated in the Hualapai Valley between the Cerbat and Hualapai mountain ranges, Kingman is known for its very modest beginnings as a simple railroad siding near Beale’s Springs in the Middleton Section along the newly-constructed route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. The city of Kingman was named for Lewis Kingman, who surveyed along the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad's right-of-way between Needles, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. Lewis Kingman supervised the building of the railroad from Winslow, Ariz. to Beale's Springs, which is near the present location of the town of Kingman.
The Mohave County seat originally was located in Mineral Park, in the settlement of Callville. This portion of Arizona Territory was transferred to Nevada in 1865 after Nevada's statehood, and became part of Clark County, Nevada. With the loss of this territory, the Mohave County seat was moved to Mohave City in 1866, and then to Hardyville (which became Bullhead City) in 1867. The county seat transferred to the mining town of Cerbat in 1871, then to Mineral Park near Chloride in 1872. In 1887, the county seat was moved to Kingman after some period of time without a permanent county seat, the instruments and records of Mohave County government were taken clandestinely from Chloride and moved to Kingman in the middle of the night during this final transfer of the county seat.
During World War II, Kingman was the site of a U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) airfield. The Kingman Army Airfield was founded at the beginning of WW II as an aerial gunnery training base. It became one of the USAAF's largest, training some 35,000 soldiers and airmen. The airfield and Kingman played a significant role in this important era of America's history. Following the war, the Kingman airfield served as one of the largest and best-known reclamation sites for obsolete military aircraft.
Postwar, Kingman experienced growth as several major employers moved into the vicinity. In 1953 Kingman was used to detain those men accused of practicing polygamy in the Short Creek raid, which was at the time one of the largest arrests in American history. In 1955, Ford Motor Company established a proving ground (now one of the Chrysler Proving Grounds) in nearby Yucca, Arizona at the former Yucca Army Airfield. Several major new neighborhoods in Kingman were developed to house the skilled workers and professionals employed at the proving ground, as Kingman was the only sizable, developed town within a convenient distance. Likewise, the development of the Duval copper mine near adjacent Chloride, Arizona, and construction of the Mohave Generating Station in nearby Laughlin, Nevada, in 1971 contributed to Kingman's population growth. The location of a General Cable plant at what was to become the Kingman Airport Industrial Park provided a steady employment base as well.
Kingman is located at  at 3,333 feet (1,016 m) in elevation.(35.208449, -114.025730),
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.0 square miles (78 km2), all of it land.
Kingman is located on the edge of the Mojave Desert in a cool semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) a little wetter than a desert climate, but its higher elevation and location between the Colorado Plateau and the Lower Colorado River Valley tempers summer high temperatures and contributes to winter cold and rare snowfall. Summer daytime highs reach above 90 °F (32 °C) frequently, and summertime lows usually remain between 60 °F (16 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C). Winter highs are generally mild, ranging in the mid to upper 50s to lower 60s, but winter nighttime lows can sometimes fall to near freezing, with significantly lower temperatures possible. Kingman occasionally receives a dusting of snow in the winter though it rarely remains on the ground for longer than the mid-to-late morning.
The record low temperature in Kingman was set on January 9, 1937 at 6 °F (−14 °C), and the record high temperature occurred on August 19, 1915, July 16, 1917, and July 3, 1967, at 111 °F (44 °C). The wettest year was 1919 with 21.22 inches (539 mm) and the driest year was 1947 with 3.58 inches (91 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 9.85 inches (250 mm) in September 1939. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 6.03 inches (153 mm) on November 28, 1919. The snowiest year was 1949 with 18.2 inches (0.46 m). The most snowfall in one month was 14.0 inches (0.36 m) in December 1932.
|Climate data for Kingman, Arizona|
|Record high °F (°C)||78
|Average high °F (°C)||55.9
|Average low °F (°C)||31.1
|Record low °F (°C)||6
|Precipitation inches (mm)||1.09
|Snowfall inches (cm)||1.3
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch)||4||4||4||3||1||1||4||5||3||2||2||4||37|
|Source: Western Regional Climate Center|
As of the census of 2009, there were 27,521 people in all with 7,854 households, and 5,427 families residing in the city. The population density was 669.7 people per square mile (258.5/km²). There were 8,604 housing units at an average density of 287.1 per square mile (110.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 82.2% White, .04% Black or African American, 1% Native American, .09% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.41% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. 12.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,854 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,086, and the median income for a family was $41,327. Males had a median income of $32,036 versus $21,134 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,181. About 8.2% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure 
Major highways 
- Interstate 40
- U.S. Route 93
- Arizona State Route 66
- Business Loop 40 and Arizona SR 66 are composed of the remnants of what was U.S. Route 66.
- Arizona State Route 68 splits from U.S. 93 just west of Kingman, and is the primary link between Kingman and Bullhead City and Laughlin.
- With the completion of the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the proposed Interstate 11 would run through Kingman, replacing U.S. 93.
Kingman has passenger rail service at its train station. It is served by the Amtrak Southwest Chief route, with daily service between Los Angeles and Chicago. The small Amtrak station in downtown Kingman is a historically significant building, constructed in Mission Revival Style architecture; however, prior to the establishment of Amtrak in 1971, the structure had fallen into disrepair with the decline of passenger rail service in the U.S. A total renovation of the building was completed in 2010. While still serving as a railroad station, the building is also now home to a model railroad museum.
Postsecondary Education: One of the three main campuses of Mohave Community College, a junior college, is located in Kingman.
Primary and Secondary Education: Kingman has one public school district, one charter school district, and one Christian school. All primary education is split between the public and charter school districts: Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning.
Kingman Unified School District (KUSD) consists of 11 schools. These are divided between elementary, middle, and high schools.
Elementary: Hualapai Elementary School, Cerbat Elementary School, Palo Christi Elementary School, Black Mountain Elementary School, La Senita Elementary School, and Manzanita Elementary School.
Middle: White Cliffs Middle School and Kingman Middle School
High: Lee Williams High School and Kingman High School
K-12: Mt. Tipton School.
The Kingman Academy of Learning is split into 4 schools: a primary (preschool - 2nd grade), intermediate (3rd - 5th), middle (6th - 8th), and high school (9th - 12th).
The one Christian school is the Emmanuel Christian Academy. It teaches students from kindergarten to 8th grade.
Kingman Explosion/Doxol Disaster 
The Kingman Explosion, also known as the Doxol Disaster or Kingman BLEVE, was a catastrophic boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE) that occurred on July 5, 1973 in Kingman. The explosion occurred during a propane transfer from a Doxol railroad car to a storage tank on the Getz rail siding near Andy Devine Avenue/Route 66. The incident began when a railroad worker attempted to tighten a leaking connection by hitting a wrench with another wrench or a hammer; this caused a spark that ignited the leaking propane gas. The initial fire badly burned the two railroad employees present, one of whom later died from his burns. The burning propane gas escaping from the valve connection on the rail car quickly heated the liquid propane inside, increasing the tank pressure. This in turn increased the leak and fire, further heating the tank car. The Kingman Fire Department responded, and began setting up attack lines to cool the propane car. Within minutes of the initial fire, the safety valve on the car opened from the dangerously increased pressure in the tank car. The stream of propane gas blowing out of the safety valve immediately ignited as well. At this point, two burning streams of propane were shooting out of the car, one horizontal from the transfer valve, and one vertical from the safety valve. The heat from the streams of burning propane continued to heat the tank, increasing pressure to dangerous levels. The fire department was in the process of setting up a deluge gun to cool the car, which would have delivered far more water than the booster attack lines they initially were using; however, before the deluge gun could be made ready, the pressure inside the tank car reached the design bursting limit and the tank car exploded. Almost instantaneously, thousands of gallons of boiling liquid propane flashed to gas with the drop in pressure and simultaneously ignited. The resulting explosion produced a shock wave that was heard and felt for over 5 miles, and a fireball over 1,000 feet in diameter. Burning propane rained down on everything in the vicinity, and the remnants of the rail car were propelled over a quarter mile from the explosion site. The three firefighters closest to the explosion were killed instantly; eight more died from their burns shortly thereafter. In addition to the eleven city firefighters and one railroad worker killed in the disaster, over 90 onlookers gathered on the highway were burned or injured, some badly. The most severely burned, including some of the firefighters, were airlifted to hospitals in Las Vegas and Phoenix. This incident remains the worst firefighting disaster in Arizona history.
The incident was photographed in detail by a photographer on the roof of his home near the explosion site, and reportedly also was captured on 8mm film by a vacationing family. Because of this documentation, this explosion has become a classic incident studied in fire department training programs worldwide. The Arizona State Archives in Phoenix has 24 cubic feet (680 L) of original material, including civil case material and photographs, concerning the "Kingman Explosion." The incident was chronicled in the July 1993 issue of American Fire Journal in an article titled "Kingman Revisited".
Firefighters Memorial Park in Kingman is dedicated to those 11 firefighters who died in the BLEVE.
Famous residents 
- Former professional PRCA and PBR bull rider Cody Custer was born in Kingman.
- The actor Andy Devine was raised in Kingman, where his family had moved from Flagstaff when he was one year old. His father opened the Beale Hotel here. One of the major streets of Kingman is named "Andy Devine Avenue" and the town holds the annual "Andy Devine Days".
- Michael Fortier, Timothy McVeigh's co-conspirator, lived in Kingman from the age of seven.
- Miki Garcia, model and Playboy magazine's Playmate for the January 1973 issue, was born in Kingman.
- Sifteo CEO Jeevan Kalanithi grew up in Kingman from the age of 8 before attending Stanford University.
- John Mathieson, an American rock drummer (La Bella Charade, Tomorrow's Rumor), was born in Kingman.
- Timothy McVeigh was a resident of Kingman for various periods between 1993 and 1995, including immediately prior to the Oklahoma City bombing.
- Former Boston Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli was born in Kingman.
- Aviation author and historian Michael B. McComb attended Kingman High School (1981–1985) in Kingman.
- Actor Will Sasso has been known to stay in Kingman for extended periods, escaping Los Angeles to get some R&R for his mind, body and soul.
- Several members of the rock band The Asphalt currently live in Kingman, including drummer Nick Turner, guitarist Jason Marino and bassist Clifford Hickle.
- Casey Weaver of Phoenix hard rock band The Furnace grew up and lived in Kingman until 1997.
- Because Arizona is a "neutral" state for the Mafia and with Kingman's proximity to Las Vegas, members and associates of various La Cosa Nostra organizations, including Chicago and New York, have reportedly made Kingman their home over the years, as well as other areas of Mohave County.
In popular culture 
Kingman has been featured as a filming location for several movies and television shows.
In films 
The films Roadhouse 66 and Two-Lane Blacktop were shot in Kingman. The movie Management takes place in Kingman. Scenes from the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas were filmed at the Kingman Airport; in the scenes, it is possible to see a clear shot of the Hualapai Mountain. Scenes from the 1992 movie Universal Soldier were filmed in the downtown area as well as a local grocery store and at the Kingman Airport.
In television 
- In "Otis", an episode of the television series Prison Break, LJ Burrows is sent to an adult facility in Kingman, Arizona. In a subsequent episode "Buried", LJ is released from the aforementioned facility.
- In the HBO Series The Sopranos, when Tony Soprano was shot in the beginning of Season 6, he fell into a coma and believed he was involved in a case of mistaken identity with Kevin Finnerty who lived in Kingman, Arizona (see "Join the Club").
- The films Roadhouse 66 and Two-Lane Blacktop were shot in Kingman. The movie Management takes place in Kingman. Scenes from the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas were filmed at the Kingman Airport; in the scenes, it is possible to see a clear shot of the Hualapai Mountain. Scenes from the 1992 movie Universal Soldier were filmed in the downtown area as well as a local grocery store and at the Kingman Airport.
In literature and publications 
- The town is mentioned in Barbara Kingsolver's novel Pigs in Heaven.
- Pamela Anderson did one of her 1992 Playboy photo shoots at the corner of 4th Street and Andy Devine Avenue (U.S. Route 66), and was brought into the Kingman Police Department for indecent exposure. She was not charged but asked to write a letter of apology.
In music 
Points of interest 
- Hualapai Mountain Recreation Area
- Kingman is well known for its location on Route 66.
- The city is a gateway to the gambling destinations of Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, as well as the Grand Canyon, California, the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lake Mohave, and Lake Havasu.
- Oatman, Arizona, a nearby "ghost town" tourist attraction.
- Keepers of the Wild, a wild animal sanctuary featuring lions and tigers among other animals. Keepers Of the Wild http://www.keepersofthewild.org/
- Kingman is the closest city to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
- The Grand Canyon Caverns, one of the largest dry caverns in the United States, is a short drive north and east of Kingman.
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