It is a trip into our mining past. And our driving past. The reason I say that is because this town straddles the old Route 66, the “Mother Road”. And it straddles it at one of the worst sections, steep and narrow. Oh, how those Old Timers must have felt in their cars, or perhaps horse drawn wagons, when they had their first glimpse of this section of the 66. Sure, there were worse, like the “Bajada” in New Mexico. But this part is no slouch either. Oatman is almost entirely constructed with wooden buildings, most of them still in use, it sits in a narrow canyon with unbearable summer heat. The old mining portals are open for visitation, the old jail is still around. Just like in the movies. Donkeys roam freely. It sets you back in time with a feeling of a time warp. It is not in Nevada at all, rather it is in Arizona. To get there drive over to Kingman, another old mining town, famous for “Kingman Turquoise” From there drop down on the Route 66. I is a narrow road, full of rocks and twists. It prepares you for the adventures that lie ahead. I would love to hear from you, what you think of this trip. Mileage (approximately) 25 miles from the strip to Hoover Dam, about 80 miles from there to Kingman (all very good roads) from kingman just a few miles to Oatman. Once done with your sightseeing you can continue on down the hill, drop down to the Colorado, and drive back to Las Vegas from there. Those are mostly good, paved roads. It is very important that you give us your opinion. http://www.lasvegasvisitor.com,
We are very interested in helping local artists. This month we feature three books. They are: Nevada a Strange State, Silveropolis and The Great Lake Mead Water Caper. They are available on Amazon, and all proceeds will go to the artist. We donate this expensive space, and we thank you for your help.