Oatman Arizona - Great Fun for the whole Family!
Oatman in the true sense of the word in an old gold mining town dating back to the late 1800's. It was once the largest producer of gold in Arizona. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and withina year, the town’s population grew to more than 3,500 and to10,000 at its peak. Oatman was named for Olive Oatman,She was kidnapped as a young girl by the Mojave Indians and laterrescued in 1857 near the current site of the town. In 1921, a fire burned down many of the smaller shacks in town, andthree years later, the main mining company, Oatman survivedby catering to travelers on Route 66. In the 1960s, when Oatman was bypassed by Interstate 40, Oatman almost died.
Today Oatman is an authentic oldwestern town with wild burrosroaming the streets and gunfightsstaged on weekends. The burrosare descendants of those thatthe miners turned loose whenthe mine closed. There are manyoriginal buildings still in use today with over 40 plus gift and antique shops.The Oatman Hotel was used as a honeymoon location for ClarkGable and Carol Lombard in 1939. Their honeymoon suite is still one of the major attractions in town. Gable returned hereoften to play poker with the local miners. The town was used asa location for several movies one of which was; How The West Was Won, Til this day the sidewalks are wooden and most of the building are as they were built many years ago. On many weekends during the year the town fills with people form all over the country. Annual visitor are about 500,000 There are many event planned throughout the year including bed races to sidewalk egg fry's. Definitely a must see place for the whole family!
From Kingman take I-40 west (exit 44) to Route 66 Back Country From Laughlin or Bullhead Oatman is just up the hill on Rout 66 which passes right through town.