There isn't much to do right in Kingman, but while you're in town, you can learn more about local history at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St. (tel. 928/753-3195; www.mohavemuseum.org). Plenty of Andy Devine memorabilia is on display. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 1 to 5pm. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for children 12 and under. Afterward, take a drive or a stroll around downtown Kingman to view the town's many historic buildings. (You can pick up a map at the museum.)
If you're interested in historic homes, you can tour the Bonelli House, 430 E. Spring St. (tel. 928/753-1413), a two-story stone home built in 1915 and furnished much as it may have been at that time. It's open Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm (last tour starts at 2:30pm), but before heading over, check at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts to see if there will be a guide on hand to show you around. Admission is by donation.
The Historic Route 66 Museum, 120 W. Rte. 66 (tel. 928/753-9889; www.kingmantourism.org), has exhibits on the history of not just Route 66, but also the roads, railroads, and trails that preceded it. A great collection of old photos taken during the Depression, and even an "Okie" truck are on display. You'll also see a Studebaker Champion and mock-ups of a gas station, diner, hotel lobby, and barbershop. Hours are daily from 9am to 5pm; admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
When you're tired of the heat and want to cool off, head southeast of Kingman to Hualapai Mountain Park, 6250 Hualapai Mountain Rd. (tel. 928/681-5700; www.mcparks.com), which covers 2,300 acres and is at elevations between 4,984 and 8,417 feet. The park offers picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and rustic rental cabins built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Daily admission to the park is $5.
Located 30 miles southwest of Kingman on old Route 66, the busy little mining camp of Oatman is a classic Wild West ghost town full of tourist shops selling tacky souvenirs. Founded in 1906 when gold was discovered here, Oatman quickly grew into a lively town of 12,000 people and was an important stop on Route 66. In 1942, when the U.S. government closed down many of Arizona's gold-mining operations, Oatman's population plummeted. Today the once-abandoned old buildings have been preserved as a ghost town. The historic look of Oatman has attracted numerous filmmakers over the years; How the West Was Won is just one of the movies that was shot here.
One of Oatman's biggest attractions is its population of feral burros. These animals, which roam the streets of town begging for handouts, are descendants of burros used by gold miners. Be careful -- they bite!
And, of course, the Wild West isn't the Wild West if you don't spend some time in the saddle. Oatman Stables (tel. 928/768-3257; www.oatmanstables.com), which operates between October and May, offers 1-hour horseback rides for $35 per person and 2-hour rides for $60.
Annual events staged here are among the strangest in the state, including January bed races, a Fourth of July high-noon sidewalk egg fry, and a Christmas season bush-decorating competition. Saloons and restaurants provide options for a meal and a chance to soak up the Oatman atmosphere for a while. For more information, contact the Oatman Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 423, Oatman, AZ 86433 (tel. 928/768-6222; www.oatmangoldroad.org).
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