|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 (Highway 10, Oatman Highway) 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.
The original 1926 Route 66 alignment ran southwest out of Kingman through Cool Springs to Oatman, and onward to Golden Shores and Topock where it turned west to Needles, California.
In 1952, the Route 66 alignment was changed, running from Kingman through the small town of Yucca and then into California. This alignment is essentially the same as present-day I-40 from Kingman to the Colorado River at California. Read more about the 1952 Route 66 Alignment from Kingman to Topock
|Oatman Gold Mining Town ... Bicentennial Plaque, 1976
|Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
|Oatman Historic Tour Stop
The Oatman Hotel, full-service restaurant and saloon. A classic since 1902.
For more information, visit the Oatman Hotel on Facebook
The Classy Ass Jewelry and Gifts, downtown Oatman, Arizona
|Sign for the The Classy Ass
|Attraction: Gold Mining Ghost Town
|The Ore House in Oatman
|Welcome: Historic Oatman
|Wild burros at the Oatman Hotel
|Saving Your Ass in Oatman
|Kettle Korn ... and a couple burros
|Oatman Post Office ... Zip 86433
The Arizona Sidewinder
Sign in Oatman: I survived the Arizona Sidewinder: 191 turns, 8 miles of Historic Route 66, no guardrails!
|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
Oatman ... just another 2.2 miles!
|Sometimes a bit rough on Route 66
|Welcome to Oatman Arizona!
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
|Historic U.S. Route 66 near Oatman
|Typical geographic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman
|Route 66 heading westbound from Kingman to Oatman
Cool Springs ... cabins, tasty foods, gift shop and museum ... between Kingman and Oatman
For more Cool Springs information, history, museum gifts and more, visit www.Route66CoolSpringsAz.com and Cool Springs on Facebook
Green pickup truck ready to roll on Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman
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Arizona Route 66 Passport
The Arizona Route 66 Passport is your guide into the heart of America. Cruise along the Mother Road, collecting stamps at locations along the way. Each passport comes with a free Traveler's Guide.
It is published by the The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of both the surface, and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66. Proceeds from the sale of Passports benefit this cooperative marketing initiative.
Purchase an Arizona Route 66 Passport online or pick one up at one of the locations where stamps are given.
Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport: Rock the Route
The Arizona Office of Tourism launched in late August of 2022 the Digital Route 66 Passport. From Topock 66 on the Colorado River in the west to The Painted Desert Trading Post in the east plus miles of famous sights, shops, eats and towns in between, the free digital passport makes planning a Route 66-centric road trip easier than ever.
There’s even the chance to win prizes by checking in and uploading photos through the passport.
Access to the free digital map and passport is delivered instantly to phones and mobile devices after a quick sign-up.
Read how the Passport works and how to get one: Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport
Read the Press Release here: Arizona Office of Tourism Launches Digital Route 66 Passport
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