The town sprouted up on Route 66 between Oatman and Kingman Arizona. The next photo picks up where the road disappears in this one.
I believe this photo was taken in the 1920's. You can clearly see how Route 66 hair pinned up the mountains with no guard rails and barely enough room for one lane in each direction. Through the years, many cars have gone off the edge. In the near future I'll do a post on the high-point pass through these mountains.
There are many vertical and horizontal mine entrances in the area.
Some foundations from the former town.
Here is a huge vertical entrance. All of the related structure is long gone and only a deep mine shaft remains..
Others mines are both horizontal and vertical. This one was only off the road by about 10 feet. I couldn't hear the rocks I threw into it, hit bottom.
I took this photo without even getting out of the jeep. Mines are everywhere!
Back roads like this one are covered with mines, pits and tailings.
Here (and in the next few photos) are more old building foundations made from local stone.
Places like this had to endure a double whammy. The gold dried up and Route 66 was bypassed by the interstate. They didn't stand a chance.