Route 66 Trip to Oatman in Arizona
|Olive Oatman Restaurant, Ice Cream and Saloon|
The Drulin Hotel, built in 1902, did a brisk business to the area miners. This old hotel, renamed the Oatman Hotel in the 1960s, is the only historic two story adobe building in Mohave County.
In 1930, it was estimated that 36 million dollars worth of gold had been mined around Oatman.
The town boasted two banks, seven hotels, twenty saloons and ten stores. There were over 10,000 people living in Oatman area.
Today, the popular small town of Oatman is an interesting stop, with numerous gift shops and small restaurants. It is located at elevation 2,700 feet on old Route 66 between Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California.
Oatman's famous "Wild" Burros that wander the streets are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners, and when no longer needed were turned loose.
Route 66 took a southwest alignment from Oatman on its way to Needles.
|Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
||Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902
The Classy Ass Jewelry and Gifts, downtown Oatman, Arizona
|Wild burros at the Oatman Hotel
||Saving Your Ass in Oatman
|Switchbacks near Oatman, Arizona
||Steep, banking curve on Route 66
Sitgreaves Pass on Route 66, elevation 3,550 feet, between Cool Springs and Oatman, Arizona
|Sometimes a bit rough on Route 66
||Welcome to Oatman Arizona!
Driving from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona on Route 66
The Route 66 stretch from Kingman to Oatman starts out flat and fairly straight. Later the road features numerous switchbacks, but is paved, albeit a bit narrow.
In the early years, this road was a challenge to navigate. However, today, anyone with even moderate mountain driving experience shouldn't have any problems.
Sitgreaves Pass, elevation 3,550 feet, lies between Cool Springs and Oatman.
Route 66 travel kiosk between Kingman and Oatman
|Typical geographic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman
||Route 66 heading westbound from Kingman to Oatman
Cool Springs ... cabins and tasty foods ... between Kingman and Oatman
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Green pickup truck ready to roll on Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman
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