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Kingman, Kansas

Kingman, Kansas

The site of Kingman was on the Ninnescah crossing of the Hutchinson-Medicine Lodge Trail. There in 1872, Norman Ingraham located his house, which he had hauled from Reno County. He hoped the place would become a city and he named it Sherman. There stood the town of Sherman with one shack and one cottonwood tree, waiting to become a city. J.H. Fical and his brother started a new town at Sherman in 1874 and named it Kingman. The county, the town, and a township were all named for Samuel A. Kingman, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Only Sherman Street remains to remind one of the town's first name. Even the first hotel had its name changed from "The Sherman House" to the "Kingman House."

Pure rock salt was discovered in 1887 and workers moved to town, so additions to Kingman were hastily developed. This Boom-town was called the "Queen of the Ninnescah", ironic to Samuel A. Kingman's Fourth of July oration in 1878 at Kingman, "Our state history has no nobler name," said D.W. Wilder, than Kingman's and "it will live with the life of the State."

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Kingman County Courthouse

The Kingman County Courthouse is also on the National Register and is worth a look. The stairs are massive, like many of the old courthouses, but these are really different. The railings are made of one piece of limestone that's probably close to 20 feet long and at least 12 to 18

Kingman, KS Historic Courthouses

Kingman County Museum

Completed in 1888, the building was originally the Kingman City Hall, fire department, and city jail. The two-story Renaissance-style structure is 150 feet by 25 feet of Kingman red brick and native limestone.

Kingman, KS Museums

First National Bank Building

The First National Bank building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Kingman, KS Historic Buildings

Former Santa Fe Depot

In March, 1999, the Santa Fe Depot was purchased by a private citizen from the Central Kansas Railway and later deeded to The Santa Fe Depot Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The railroad itself has been purchased by the Watco Co., Pittsburg, KS, who operate the railroad as Kansas &

Kingman, KS Railroad History

Stan Herd Murals

Stan Herd, a famous international artist, painted two murals on the north wall of the Kingman County Museum. Clyde Cessna is depicted flying his first airplane over Kingman County. In 1911, Clyde founded Cessna Aircraft Company.

Kingman, KS Arts

Things to do near Kingman, KS

The Conway Springs Madstone

It is recalled that Dr. William Monnet had a madstone and people of that time felt much safer in this wild new country with a...

19th Century Cemetery

Look for 19th-century graves of American, German, and Russian settlers at the Pawnee Rock city cemetery, located a half-mile ...