Mustangs Across America 2009 – Kingman, Arizona

April 21, 2010

For those of you who did not get Posting 17 or the attached video, here it is. The file size did not permit sending or receiving by email. Thanks to YouTube, I can post it for all to enjoy. Kingman, Arizona – at about 3400 feet above sea level, it is a small town spread far and wide and growing. Once a part of Nevada, Mohave County began attracting settlers in 1848 when the United States obtained the southwest by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. There was an influx of miners after the discovery of gold and many flooded the area in search of that mineral. Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beal, a Naval officer with the US Army Topographical Corps, was ordered to build a government-funded wagon road across the 35th Parallel, and look into the feasability of using camels as pack animals in the southwest desert. He traveled through the Kingman area in 1857 surveying the road and then again in 1859 to build the road which later became part of Route 66 and Highway (Interstate) 40. When he first arrived, he found many existing trails that criss-crossed the Kingman area used by Indians to traverse the vast distances. Kingman itself did not establish until 1882 when Lewis Kingman located the route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (later the Sante Fe and now the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad) through town between Needles and Albuquerque. The Colorado River and the railroad were and remain the backbones of the local economy. Route 66 in Arizona is one of the longest sections of “The