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Oatman is an old mining town on Route 66 halfway between Kingman and Bullhead City in Arizona. It is in the mountains and at one time over 30,000 people called it home, mainly miners living in tents and shacks. Today there are about 100 people living there along with 100 or so wild burro's that where let loose when the mining stopped. Today they wander the desert and also look for handouts of carrots from the many tourists visiting Oatman.

Oatman is about 25 miles from Laughlin and there are several ways to get there. We followed our GPS which took us on a gravel road through the desert. There were a few times I almost turned around. My new car and the pot holes in the road, gravel wash board and narrow road made me wonder why I was going to Oatman. Route 66 from Bullhead is the other way, paved, winding, narrow, but much more suited to cars!

Never the less, there are beautiful vistas to look at and when you get to Oatman, sure enough, there are lots of wild burros wandering the street looking for handouts!


Route 66, Arizona .Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

There were various sizes of burros and they seemed to be everywhere. There were several babies, which you should not feed, since the carrots could get caught in their throats.!

Oatman, Arizona on Route 66 .Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

The miners would spend there hard earned money in the local bars. Many were afraid they would loose their money so they started a custom were they would pin their money to the wall. When they had used up their funds from either drinking or on food, the bartender would remove the money from the wall. This custom has extended to today, however now tourists will pin a dollar bill to the wall and write their names on the dollar.

We asked the waitress how much money was pinned to the wall and she estimated at least $65,000! Money is everywhere, on the walls, the ceiling, behind the bar even on the doors. The restaurant was basically a burger place, licensed, a place to visit once.

Bar in Oatman, Arizona on Route 66.Bar in Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

Of course they had to stage a local gun fight in the middle of the street. Interesting to watch with a few jokes thrown in. This is part of route 66 and part of the history of the western part of the US!

Gun Fight in Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

Next stop is Las Vegas for a few days.


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