We took a side trip from Laughlin to Oatman, Arizona a small mining town in the Black Mountains. Two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915. The main employer, United Eastern Mines permanently shut down operations in 1924. After gold mining ending Oatman was fortunate because it was located on busy U.S. Route 66 and was able to cater to travelers driving between Kingman and Needles, California until Route 66 was the town was bypassed in 1953. One interesting fact about Oatman was that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon in Oatman after their wedding in Kingman on March 18, 1939. Clark Gable fell in love with the area and returned often to play poker with miners. Today it is a tourist area due to the old building on main street. One of the fun surprises about Oatman is that Burros roam free on the downtown street. You can feed the Burros and some will go up to the doors of the stores and beg for food. The burros are very tame and allow you to pet them and they will follow you if they think you have any kind of food. There are old buildings. houses, restaurants, gift shops, a candy store and hand crafts. There is also a western show in the middle of the street. You can check online to go find the different events held in Oatman.
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