Kingman, Arizona: Heart of Route 66

Once a thriving and fast-growing town, Kingman played an important role in the development of Route 66 and the western expansion. Established in the 1800s as a railroad town, Kingman also served as a base for gold seekers in the Black Mountains nearby and as the Gateway to Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam). Although today the town doesn’t exult its olden days’ vibe, it still holds a lot of historic interest.

Kingman area belonged to the Hualapai Native Americans and served as a major point on historic Route 66 and the Santa Fe railroad. Nearby attractions are Hoover Dam and the beautiful Lake Havasu (read my earlier post about this charming oasis here).

Salton Sea, CA to Kingman, AZ map

Our drive from Salton Sea in California to Zuni Village RV Park in Kingman, Arizona offered some exciting moments, such as a large flock of American White Pelicans migrating overhead, and a peculiar shoe and graffiti art display on the side of the road on Rice Road (State Highway 62).

Our stop in Kingman was short. We hiked up the nearby hill to get a panoramic view of the town and the railroad running through it. I only slipped once downhill, landing on my bottom…. The pretty flowers around me made me feel better though. We walked through a new neighborhood nearby and got a good dose of daily exercise.

Back at the RV park, we dodged the paving process, and witnessed a couple of love birds outside our window. We also witnessed a beautiful full moon and had a laugh at a sewer cleaning truck next door that seemed to be loaded with political promises.

Our next stop was along I-40 in another small Arizona town, Holbrook.

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