May 16, 2015
We first discovered Oatman AZ when a loud, obnoxious, nosey neighbor asked where we were off to one weekend in 2012. We told him about our habit of driving around aimlessly until we found whatever we didn’t know we were looking for. He gave us directions to Oatman and, from that day onward, we could not get rid of him. He and his wife became friends with whom we would share wine, snacks, and the occasional outdoor fire. He remained loud and at times obnoxious. But he was a well-meaning guy. Of course, his wife was long-suffering, constantly rolling her eyes in annoyance.
Gold City Hotel
May 16, 2015
In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.
May 18, 2015
Oatman AZ is never quite as empty as this shot would make it appear. But this was, as I remember, late in the day and all the shops were just closing up. The tourists were preparing for their long drives home and the wild burros that roam the streets looking for food, were now hanging around in the parking lots, accosting people as they got into their cars.
This is one of Lynn’s favorite spots to visit because of the burros. But they are wild and will kick and bite if provoked or surprised.
Just across the Colorado River and up the hill from Laughlin, Nevada is the historic town of Oatman, Arizona, a ghost town, that once boasted almost 4,000 people and now supports just a little over 100 people year-round.
Oatman provides not only a number of historic buildings and photograph opportunities, but the sights of burros walking the streets, as well as costumed gunfighters and 1890s style ladies strolling.
In its heyday, from the early 1900s to the 1940s, Oatman and the nearby town of Gold Road were the largest producers of gold in Arizona.
The Drulin Hotel was built in 1902, which did a brisk business to the area miners. This old hotel, now called the Oatman Hotel, is still in operation today.