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||Kingman, the seat of Mohave County, dates from 1880 when the railroad came though the area. Today, it is still very much of a railroad town as about 65 trains/day travel through the area. It's also one of the main stops on the longest existing segment of historic Route 66.|
||A park sits at the point where Route 66 comes into town.
When going through town Route 66 becomes Andy Devine Avenue (named that in 1955 on the "This is Your Life" television show).
|Andy Devine's family moved to Kingman in 1906, when he was about
a year old. He attended both grade and high school there and hurt
his larynx when he fell on a curtain rod; accounting for his raspy
voice. He went to college at Santa Clara University in California.
He became a regular on the Jack Benny radio show, starred in silent
movies and later his voice could be heard in some 400 "talkies."
He regularly came back to Kingman for Andy Devine days. In 1957 he learned he had diabetes due to his weight. In 1973 he contracted Leukemia. He died of a heart attack on 18 Feb. 1977.
There is much Andy Devine memorabilia at the local Mohave Museum of History and Arts.
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