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Old 04-14-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Oatman, Arizona

Decided to take a much older and scenic route from California out to Kingman Friday. I took the originally US Route 66 through Oatman, AZ in Mohave Country. The town itself is an old Arizona relic much like Jerome but far less well known. The town is mainly known for the wild burros (donkeys) that beg for food from the tourists. Outside of Oatman the Old US66 Route goes through the mountains over into Golden Valley and on to I40. The road doesn't go above 20 MPH in the mountains with good reason as there are no guard rails to keep you from plumpeting to your death hundreds of feet. Personally I think the speed limit coupled with the lack of traffic makes it an easier drive that 89A to Jerome but it still amazes me this used to be the primary route from Chicago to Los Angles.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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where are all the Hott girls who live there, c'mon Tom, all those pics and no girls
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where are all the Hott girls who live there, c'mon Tom, all those pics and no girls
There ain't anyone in Oatman, just burros.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
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I like site seeing in old towns like that.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:10 PM   #10
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I like site seeing in old towns like that.
I did a run up to Jerome last month with the local Camaro club. I think these towns are cooler though because they aren't commercialized like Jerome and Tombstone. There are a couple more of them out there in the state like Tortilla Flat, Globe and Top-of-the-World.
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Wow, this brings back some memories. Last time I was in Oatman was 8 years ago. Thanks for posting all the pics! Looks like nothing has changed except the tourists cars are newer.
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''jackass junction" LOL
looking at that road i can imagine one of my old 3rdgens driving over it. OUCH
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Good old Arizona.... Gotta love it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Tom!


One of my favorite rides back in the day was hitting Canyon lake and getting a burger down in Tortilla flat's.
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Wow, hard to believe some of those are even in the US. Cool pics.
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Great pictures the good old wild west, looked like a fun cruise. What is the closest big town.?
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Great pictures the good old wild west, looked like a fun cruise. What is the closest big town.?
My thoughts as well....


I like the pictures too...they do have a charm to them as well as they do resemble an old western movie.
I love the mountains in the background ...to me it has somewhat of a serene look and feel to them.
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Enjoyed the pics, thanks. Looks like a lot of the beggars were on vacation instead of blocking traffic
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Great pictures the good old wild west, looked like a fun cruise. What is the closest big town.?

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My thoughts as well....


I like the pictures too...they do have a charm to them as well as they do resemble an old western movie.
I love the mountains in the background ...to me it has somewhat of a serene look and feel to them.
Las Vegas is the closest big city at 130 miles away. There are several small cities in close range:

Bullhead City/Laughlin 15 miles
Kingman 30 miles
Lake Havasu City 30 miles

Basically Oatman is in the population center of Mohave County, its amazing something like it hasn't been swallowed up by modern America. There are so many of these towns just laying around in Arizona. Some are in better condition than others, I guess arid environment preserves them.
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''jackass junction" LOL
looking at that road i can imagine one of my old 3rdgens driving over it. OUCH
Up until Route 66 was rerouted in 1952 this was the main road from Chicago to Los Angles. I couldn't even imagine trying to get over this pass with the traffic of the time coupled with the fact it would have to be in likely a pre-war car. So many people must have driven straight off the side.
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Enjoyed the pics, thanks. Looks like a lot of the beggars were on vacation instead of blocking traffic
Just had the one and he was well out of the way by the time I drove through. The folks at work call him El Burro Camaro.
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Wow, hard to believe some of those are even in the US. Cool pics.
They are everywhere out here in Arizona. Jerome, Tombstone and Tortilla Flat come to mind off the top of my head.
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Good old Arizona.... Gotta love it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Tom!


One of my favorite rides back in the day was hitting Canyon lake and getting a burger down in Tortilla flat's.
I got a wish list to do in the next two months. I've already hit Jerome and Oatman but I got to hit Tortilla Flat. I've been pushing for our local group to do some cruises, nobody seems interested because of dirt parking.
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Drove that stretch of road a few years ago.I love the old west feel.
Great pics, brought back a few memories.
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