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Route 66 - Oatman, typical western town as a tourist attraction

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Oatman on former Route 66 of Arizona

If you are planning a trip along the west coast of the United States, and specifically, for the historic Route 66 in Arizona, you have the opportunity to visit Oatman, an old mining town, which became a ghost town And now it is an attraction for tourists.

Oatman It is located south of Las Vegas, in Mohave County on the way to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, 43 kilometers west of Kingman.

If you go directly from Los Angeles to the old Route 66 on Route 40, as soon as you enter Arizona, in the town of Needles, you can turn towards Oatman.


Wild donkeys roam the streets of Oatman on the old Route 66

Oatman it was established at the beginning of the last century as a mining camp, but soon its population increased rapidly to 3,500 inhabitants, after a gold mine was discovered in 1915.

In the 20s significantly decreased its mining activity, which ceased completely after World War II. Although it had a resurgence in the 50s when Route 66 became fashionable, it was short-lived for Oatman because in 1953 the famous road was diverted and stopped passing through this mining town.

Finally, in the 60s It was almost completely abandoned and became a ghost town. However, today it has resurfaced thanks to having become a tourist attraction within the former Route 66.


Oatman on former Route 66 of Arizona

If you go to visit Oatman, you will verify that the houses of the town extend along a short street of less than 200 meters in length, maintaining the characteristics of a typical western town. The two-story building of the Oatman's old hotel It dates back to 1902 and is currently the oldest of those built with adobe in Mohave County.

A curious Oatman attraction, on Route 66, are the wild donkeys that roam its streets among tourists. The donkeys were once abandoned to their fate by the miners who left Oatman, and their descendants have continued to live in the surroundings of the town, so that during the day they usually go through its streets in search of food.

Likewise, on the weekends of the most tourist seasons, in Oatman representations of typical western duels between rival bands. These "shot" duels take place among tourists, and at the end, the "gunmen" then pass the hat to collect tips.

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