Kingman is located in northwestern Arizona at the intersection
of Interstate 40 and U.S. 93. Kingman is situated in the
Hualapai Valley between the Cerbat and Hualapai Mountain
Ranges at an elevation of 3,400 feet. The city was established in
the early 1880s by Lewis Kingman who located the route of the
Santa Fe Railway. It was incorporated in 1952 and has served as
county seat of Mohave County since 1887.
The Bonelli house a place to go to take a step back in time. The house is filled with history and you will learn a lot about what Kingman was like when it began as a town long ago.
The architecture of the house is typical of the Anglo-territorial style. The outside is a locally quarried tufa stone, gray in color and cut thick. The purpose of the thickly cut stone was to keep the house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When you stroll through the house, you will see furnishing of the period. The pieces are common to those found in homes that were as prosperous as the Bonelli’s house. One of the most interesting pieces in the Bonelli house is the large wall clock. This clock was the only clock in Kingman, at one time.
The Mohave County Historical Society manages the home today and takes care of the heirlooms. If you are interested in seeing this piece of Kingman history, the Bonelli House is open Monday through Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm. It is closed on major holidays.
Hotel Brunswick/Hotel Beale
The Hotel Brunswick and the Hotel Beale are old western establishments you won’t want to miss when you are in Kingman. Both of these structures have a rich history. In 1909, the Hotel Brunswick was built. The hotel has cowboy rooms that will help you relive the old west. This hotel is going to become a bed and breakfast. You will want to plan a day’s stay at this hotel. The Hotel Beale was once the home of Andy Devine, an old time entertainer. Andy Devine’s parents owned the hotel since 1906. It too is decorated in its original western theme. The Devine family no longer owns the property. Today, the Hotel Beale is open for tours. You will have to look into scheduling a tour.
Grand Canyon Caverns
I would have to say that one of the most exciting places that I have been to in the State is the Grand Canyon Caverns. At first glance, you might find the caverns to look like nothing much at all. I want to know that looks are deceiving, especially in the case of the Grand Canyon Caverns. You will begin your tour of the caverns by taking a ride in an elevator down 21 stories. This is an amazing ride. Once the elevator doors open you will discover spectacular sights. The tour follows lit paths with handrails, where you will see the remains of a mummified bobcat and marine fossils. There is even a fake giant ground sloth to allow you to witness what kinds of creatures roamed the area 20,000 years ago.
The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. There are amenities above ground such as a motel, restaurant and gift shop. You can get to the Grand Canyon Caverns from Kingman by taking the old Historic Route 66 east out of town. You will be heading toward Seligman. You will pass by the towns of Valentine, Peach Springs, and Nelson. Before you get to Seligman you should find Grand Canyon Caverns. Look for signs, it is right on Route 66. For more information, you can call 928-422-3223