Oatman, AZ in 1934

Oatman began life in the late 1800’s, but never really “popped” to life until around 1915. Lucrative mining opportunities brought a flood of thousands of people, in just a couple of years. In the years that would follow, Route 66 would find itself running through town.

Today, Oatman remains a popular stop for people traveling the “Mother Road”.

About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

  • pat

    Love the old photo. I like Oatman, but really don’t like the staged gun fights and other hokey things like that.

    • I totally agree with you. Oatman is cool, but totally not a “ghost town” or true “old west” experience.