Monday, April 10, 2017

Oatman Ghost Town

The Western United States has a rich history in gold and silver mining,   The state of Nevada alone has 600 old ghost towns and mining sites.  There isn't much left in many locations but along the old Route 66 the gold mining town of Oatman, Arizona is one that has found new life as a tourist destination.   It has been at least 15 years or more since we were last in this area, so we were a bit surprised to see how busy it was.  Still we enjoyed walking the streets and looking at the wild burros that wander freely through the town.

I was lucky to get close enough to actually touch a couple of burros.  Unfortunately, when The Investigator tried to pet one he had to move pretty quickly to keep from getting bit!  So, he stood a safe distance away.

These fellows made themselves pretty much at home.

We were treated to an old fashioned gunfight.

After a warm and dusty day we were happy to return to our rv park and enjoy the cool refreshing breeze along the Colorado River.

We continue to have difficulties with our wifi connections but hopefully I will be able to share more of our journey very soon.


  1. I would not like to live in AZ permanently but it is interesting to visit. Look at you! So brave petting that donkey! Have you encountered those cactus and seem to jump out and stick to you. I don't remember the name but my husband got one stuck to his shoe! Looks like you are having a wonderful trip! Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy, Yes it has been a good trip. As far as cactus goes I have taken all my photos from a safe distance. :)

  2. Looks like a busy day in Oatman. The burros are cute little guys, but I read that sign you photographed about how wild they are and that they kick and bite. So I guess it was rather brave of you to get so close for the photo!!

  3. I don't think I would have tried it if I hadn't seen other people try it first. One did try to bite The Investigator. I guess I just have the touch! :)