When you visit Oatman, Arizona, you need to know that it is not cars, pedestrians or bicycles that have the right-of-way down Main Street….it’s the burros! Yes, burros wander up and down Main Street, unafraid of man or machine, patiently allowing tourists to take their pictures and feed them burro pellets or carrots.
Located on an old section of historic Route 66, Oatman was originally a mining tent camp where a million dollar gold strike was made in 1915. The burros are said to be descendants of the pack mules brought into the area by the miners. The gold is long gone but the burros remain to lure golden tourists into town to spend time and money.
If you can tear yourself away from the watching the fun and fascinating animals, there is also a museum, the Oatman Hotel (where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon in 1939) and other interesting facets of the old west to entertain you. Oatman is an historic scene taking you back to the gold rush days, as well as the glory days of the road that brought so many people west. You can still get your kicks on Route 66.