Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bullhead City to Oatman

(Jan) 006Hardyville was a booming mining town before it’s decline and it was reborn as Bullhead City in the ‘50’s when the Davis Dam was constructed.018 It is named for a prominent rock which is a landmark along the Colorado River. Now home to 40,000+, it sits across the Colorado River from the thriving Casinos of Laughlin, Nevada. This was our first visit to the area and we had a nice spot at the Ridgeview RV Resort overlooking the bright lights of the casinos across the river below us. 025Another big reason we stopped in Bullhead City was to visit Oatman, AZ. Oatman is another old mining town that has lived on as a funky little tourist town with shops, taverns, restaurants (one of them whose walls are covered by dollar bills signed by tourists) and wandering burrows, descendants of animals abandoned after they were no longer needed in area gold mines. The famous Route 66 ran right through the middle of Oatman for many years before traffic was diverted to Interstate 40 north of town in 1953. We spent several enjoyable hours wandering through the shops before heading back to Bullhead City on a winding, gravel country road through the old gold mining territory.

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