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“Four legged surprises in Oatman”
Review of Oatman Ghost Town

Oatman Ghost Town
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Oatman
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 11 November 2016

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.

Thank NormKeith
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

This was a fun stop for lunch. There is a daily gun fight in the street. Donkey wander down the street. Cars must wait for the donkey to get out of there way. You can buy a bag of donkey feed for $1. They will follow you while you have the paper bag. There were fun little shops and we had a very tasty hamburger for lunch.

Thank Fred Q
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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I didn't expect much entering the town but I liked the town.
Lots of various businesses selling signs,minerals,jewelry and antiques throughout the town.
They have the old west show in the middle of the street and all donations benefit the Shriners.Great show with some history and a splash of comedy.
'Wild' donkeys roam the streets in search of pellets that can be bought to feed them.
It's worth the side tracking and the scenery in and out was nice!!!

Thank Yosemitesteve
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

I took my mom to Oatman while visiting Laughlin. She had the best time of all there! We shopped, pet the town mascots, and found some unique treasures.

There are a few things to be aware of when visiting Oatman AZ, first be cautious of the donkeys as they are wild animals and can kick and bite, the donkeys roam the town freely and people feed them so they think everything you have is eatable and they will try to "steal" your goody bags, and WATCH where you step as there is no street sweeper that comes through to clean up after the donkeys.

The shop owners and town people are very friendly and the gun fight show proceeds are donated to a great cause!

Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was a surprise stop for our road-trip after some lady told us about it at the beginning of Route 66. I'm so glad she did! We seriously could have stayed here for hours. Most stores sell donkey food for $1 a bag - I think I bought more donkey food than anything! After you feed one, it's hard not to feed them all! Be careful holding your bag of food or the donkeys will snatch it from ya! Also, if you get candy at the candy store, the donkeys like those bags too! A lot of fun for sure!

Thank Jodie B
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