PHOTOS: Exploring the ghost town of Oatman, Arizona

Look for the burros (donkeys) in Oatman, Ariz. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

The AmericaJR Web Team recently visited the ghost town of Oatman, Arizona. It began as a small mining camp when two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915, though the vicinity had already been settled for a number of years. Oatman’s population grew to more than 3,500 in the course of a year. This tiny town is in a rugged area carved out of the wilderness by determined miners and now populated by more wild burros than people. The town prides itself on maintaining a Wild West feel, down to the wooden sidewalks, staged shootouts and kitschy shops. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard allegedly honeymooned at the 1902 two-story adobe Oatman Hotel after marrying in nearby Kingman. 

Oatman, Arizona is about 175 miles west of Flagstaff, 29 miles southwest of Kingman and 114 miles south of Las Vegas. For more info, go to

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