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Riggs/Waterloo Aboretum


category : Arboretums
Riggs/Waterloo Aboretum Established by John Water Riggs, the Riggs Arboretum at Waterloo is perhaps the oldest and least known arboretum west of the Mississippi River.

The property is in essence a large (10 acre) grove of trees, most ranging in age from 75 to 100+ years. There are no remaining structures although foundations and other evidences exist in sufficient detail to allow documentation of locations of the residence, horticultural buildings, processing areas and other facilities of the working nursery, circa 1910.

The grove yet contains many of the first trees of type to be introduced in the state and several which were also among the first nationally. The grove also contains three of the state champion large trees; a Yellowwood, a Loblolly pine and a Laurel oak, which were early introductions from the native forests toward the east.

Although generally overgrown, the grounds contain a network of walking paths, some of recent construction, which allow pedestrian circulation for observation of specimen, trees, many of which are over 100 feet tall.


Address: Nearby Kingman, just 10 miles east on Hiway 54 at Hiway 17.

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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.

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Riverside Park

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Byron Walker Wildlife Area

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First National Bank Building

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

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Kingman County Courthouse

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