Historian archives 50 Kingman tales

KINGMAN - With nearly four decades of experience in Kingman on his side, local historian Loren B. Wilson has taken to task archiving it.

Wilson recently wrote and published "50 Stories of Kingman," a book chronicling happenings in the area during his residency.

"It's a story of different individuals and very wonderful people I have known personally," he said.

From Charles Lindbergh to Andy Devine, the book was written to help remind long-time residents of the past, as well as introduce newcomers to Kingman's rich history.

"There are a lot of things that I remember vividly," Wilson said, "and that is what I wrote about."

Wilson also has 20 years of knowledge gained working at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts. The book is currently being sold at the Powerhouse Visitors Center for $12.50. So far Wilson said he has had a positive response from the community.

"I have to go down there practically every day to sign books," he said.

While a meet and greet signing session is in the works, Wilson said all the details haven't been worked out yet.

Wilson started constructing the stories for the newspaper - in fact 23 were published in the Miner.

"That worked out until there wasn't enough room in the paper for 1,000-word stories," Wilson said.

With a solid foundation, Wilson said he expanded his efforts to present the material in another outlet.

He also brought experience from previous literary efforts, including several booklets distributed at the Mohave Museum and "Rails, Tales and Trails" to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Kingman.

Wilson said he has always loved writing, though he went into education, teaching at Kingman High for 20 years. That love continues on as he is already working on another book detailing his personal genealogy.