Old Route 66 Scenes by Bob Waldmire
Oatman, Arizona (Alt. 2,400-2,600 ft) - Born in 1906 as a tent camp, this picturesque town flourished as a gold-mining center, producing over $36,000,000 in gold by 1931 (at the 1930 gold price of $20 per ounce). The Oatman region reputedly had a population of 15,000 - the town had a movie house, bank, newspaper & real estate offices. The mines were closed in 1942 as "non-essential to the war effort." Most of the mining population moved on, but the town survived because its main street was U.S. 66 - "Carrying the Country West." The final blow came to Oatman in 1951, when traffic fell silent, as the ribbon was cut, opening the new Rt. 66 alignment between Kingman & Topock, leaving the town high & dry. But the authenticity of the town - with its "State Residents" the wild burros, lure tourists by the droves, to see such things as the room Carole Lombard & Clark Gable honeymooned in!|
ROUTE 66 WAS CERTIFIED IN 1926
WHEN THE NATION ADOPTED A NUMBERED SYSTEM OF CROSS
COUNTRY, INTER-STATE ROADS. FUUY PAVED BY 1936
ROUTE ES RECAME AN IMPORTANTE LEGENDARY
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TELEVISION, GRADUAUY "REPLACED BY HUGE, KomOGENEOUS
INTERSTATES," 66 WAS DECERTIFIED IN 1985 CEASING TO EXIST
OFFICIALLY BUT WEL OVER 80% OF THE OLD ROAD T5
snu PRIVEABLE so, TRAVEL BACK IN TWE, A LEAYE
THE STRESS VEHIND ON THE INTERSTATES.
you to wiic SAY: I STILL GET MY KICKS, av ROUTE 6 .
AU S KAUTFUL OLD » BEAUTIFUL. Suw IS BEAUTIFUL. SAFE IS BEAUTIFUL
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W call the best way west
CAKEOW 66 ALMOST ALL THE WAY!
MAIN STREET,USA- Chicago to L.A.S SAINT
LA11 Š CHICAGO
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1990... PRINTED ON 100% RECYC