Welcome to Kingman, Arizona!
The city of Kingman, Arizona, and our chapter as well is named for Lewis Kingman, a civil engineer for what was then the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad constructed in the 1880s. Mr. Kingman surveyed a railroad route between New Mexico and California.
Lewis Kingman also surveyed the route between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Needles, California, in 1880 and supervised the building of the railroad from Winslow to Beale's Springs, which is near the present location of the City of Kingman.
In 1882, a settlement designated as "Kingman" cropped up along the railroad tracks that soon had a rooming house and a couple of stores. The fledgling town was named after Lewis Kingman, the railroad surveyor. The railroad camp grew into a mining, ranching, and transportation center for northwestern Arizona. By the turn of the century, Kingman had grown to some five hundred people and continued to develop as gold was discovered in the hills surrounding the town.
Lewis Kingman was born in Massachusetts in 1845 and attended common schools. He attended Hunt's Academy and studied engineering with Shedd and Edison in Boston. Mr. Kingman was known for his many varied abilities, not the least of which was leadership. He exhibited ambition, dependability, and warm-heartedness. Ultimately, Lewis Kingman became Chief Engineer of the Mexican Central Railway. There he remained until his death in 1912.
The city of our chapter, Lewis Kingman Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), plays an active role in various activities particularly with our wonderful American military personnel. We work hard to collect donations for sending needed items as well as "goodies from home" and lots of love and good cheer to our soldiers, especially during the Christmas season. We stay busy sending gift baskets to both our men and women veterans, as well as supplying baby baskets to give to new mothers.
Please browse our website and contact us if you would like to join our chapter!
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