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Burros, left over from gold mining days, wander on Rt. 66 in Oatman.
Burros, left over from gold mining days, wander on Rt. 66 in Oatman.

Oatman and Seligman- Tourist Traps Done Right!

"If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way
Take the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66" -Bobby Troup

Nearly 100 years ago, Route 66, the Mother Road, was Main Street, America. Chicago to Santa Monica, yeah baby! Then Dwight Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway system into existence. Once the interstates were built, Route 66 became an afterthought, a road for tourists. Many sections were closed. No longer is it US Route 66.

Tourists driving the road now known as Arizona Route 66 find that drive more than worth their time, though. Oatman and Seligman are two kitschy small towns that owe their continued existence to tourists travelling the road. They're cheesey! They're fun! They're photogenic! They're tourist traps done right!

Please scroll through the following pages to see what you may find along that stretch of road. You may well craft a plan to get YOUR kicks!

All text and photos copyright John Kumiski 2021. All rights reserved.

Because of the burros, people will refer to Oatman as Jackass Junction. This store sells burro food, of course.
Because of the burros, people will refer to Oatman as Jackass Junction. This store sells burro food, of course.
You may see women of questionable character!
You may see women of questionable character!
When you’re ready for a snack...
When you’re ready for a snack...
...Cool Springs. The road and scenery along the way is incredible!
...Cool Springs. The road and scenery along the way is incredible!
This stop is short- the place is tiny. Enjoy the scenery a bit, then hit the road.
This stop is short- the place is tiny. Enjoy the scenery a bit, then hit the road.
You can get to Seligman from anywhere.
You can get to Seligman from anywhere.
Meeting the police here? Not such a bad thing.
Meeting the police here? Not such a bad thing.
Even the vehicles have character here.
Even the vehicles have character here.
At Delgadillos Sno-Cap you can get a hotdog or an ice cream. Their motto? Sorry, we’re open!
At Delgadillos Sno-Cap you can get a hotdog or an ice cream. Their motto? Sorry, we’re open!
Don’t go for a plane ride.
Don’t go for a plane ride.
Maybe you’ll see Elvis. With his Edsel.
Maybe you’ll see Elvis. With his Edsel.
They have a thing for mannequins here.
They have a thing for mannequins here.
You really can get some kicks on Route 66!
You really can get some kicks on Route 66!
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