Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a service organization open to any woman over the age of 18 who can prove lineal descent from an American Revolutionary War Patriot. Much of the work of DAR is accomplished by volunteers in its chapters across the United States and internationally in order to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
The Lewis Kingman Chapter, NSDAR, is a local chapter of DAR. Our chapter is based in Kingman, Arizona, and our members come from many parts of the area and beyond.
Contact us to learn more about joining DAR and the Lewis Kingman Chapter, NSDAR.
In keeping with the purpose of the National Society, chapter members work together on numerous projects in order to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. We all have busy lives, so our projects offer ways to contribute that fit our schedules. We keep in touch across our many service projects through monthly meetings, a great time to see each other, make plans throughout the year, and hear our speakers from veteran and community organizations.
We invite you to contact our chapter registrar who will help you get started in becoming a member of DAR, including tracing your heritage to find an American Revolutionary War Patriot.
The city of Kingman, Arizona, and our chapter are named in honor of Lewis Kingman, a civil engineer for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad constructed in the 1880s. Mr. Kingman surveyed a railroad 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 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 the chief engineer of the Mexican Central Railway. There he remained until his death in 1912.
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