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Wed, Jan. 22

City plans sculpture for anniversary; seeks 'Baby Boy Tindle'

Kingman needs the help and expertise of local artists to design a sculpture to mark the 50th anniversary of incorporation of the city.

An appropriate metal sculpture that would catch the spirit and history of Kingman is planned.

It would be placed in Locomotive Park as part of the yearlong celebration of Kingman's incorporation as Mohave County's first city on Jan.

21, 1952.

The committees of city employees planning the events have selected a general idea from a photo of a sculpture in Grants, N.M.

It is a large piece made from metal that incorporates different elements of Grants' identity.

The Kingman sculpture would depict important things about Kingman and communicate them to travelers and city residents.

Anyone interested in the project can contact Christine Demers at the Kingman Fire Department at 753-8196.

The city has budgeted to pay an artist for the idea, a design and a proposed bill of materials.

Construction of the sculpture would follow.

According to research by the city committee members, one person was born in Kingman on Jan.

21, 1952, the day Kingman was incorporated.

To date, the committee has not been able to locate the person or family.

The child's name was listed in the Mohave County Miner as "Baby Boy Tindle." Visits to the home address given back in 1952 and other searches have not found the individual.

Any help Kingman citizens can give the committee in finding "Baby Boy Tindle" should be directed to Diane Shaw, city attorney's office at 753-8091.

A city float subcommittee plans to enter four parades during 2002 with a birthday theme that will reflect the history of the city.

Trains and miners will be featured.

City employees will build the float and enter it in the Yada Yada parade June 2.

Other activities to be held on the same date in the downtown area are in the planning stages.

Ignacio Hernandez, a long time Kingman resident, has volunteered his time and experience designing award-winning floats to the city committee.

The committee plans to purchase a trailer that will carry the float.

Animation and decorations will be added for each of the four parades entered with lights featured for the annual Very Merry Parade of Lights in December 2002.

Winners of the city-wide essay contest for seventh and eighth grade students will have an opportunity to participate in the parades with the city float.

Kingman Police Department Sergeant Wes Bauer is drawing a city logo for the birthday celebration.

Committee members have added ideas to the design that will recognize the mining history of Kingman.

Gold and turquoise mining and related colors are part of the theme.

The logo will be used on many of the souvenir items planned to be available during the year.

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