Oatman, Arizona, An Old Ghost Town

Oatman, Arizona, An Old Ghost Town

Or Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves on Old Route 66


We wanted to see some old ghost towns while we are staying in Kingman, Arizona so we took off yesterday to see Oatman and hopefully get some interesting photographs.

When we got there, we were extremely disappointed to see that it was entirely commercial, with the board walks filled with cheap T-shirts, wind spinners, and other imported knick-knacks.

The only reason we stopped was to see the burros, and they are everywhere in the street.

The babies are incredibly cute, but the locals actually have to put stickers on their foreheads that say “do not feed me” since they are still nursing.

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You can buy little compressed chunks of hay for $1.00 but watch out.  They got us with one of the oldest Carney tricks there is, giving you change for a twenty with the two fives folded to look like three fives.

Of course my husband just stuffed it in his pocket, and we found out when we got back. He also noticed a guy that offers to clean your sun glasses for free and then another guy picks your pocket. It’s just so sad to see a historical site turned into such a sad, run down junkyard of abandoned houses and unhappy citizens.

One of the locals said they have over 200 mules in town that are descendents from the original abandoned miners’ pack animals.

Oatman is in the Black Mountains with an elevation of 2,710 feet. It started as a small mining camp soon after two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915.

“Prospectors imported burros to Arizona in the 1860’s, then abandoned them after a mining bust. Having evolved in the deserts of North Africa, the burros did just fine in the arid Southwest, and their population in Arizona is now about 4,800.”-Washington Post 2016

The road on Old Route 66 is winding with some breathtaking views of the hills and mountains so I did get a couple of nice shots.


I did see a mountain goat on the way back.

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We saw a couple of girls parked here on the way up, so we stopped to see what we thought was an old mine and this is what we found:



It’s pretty dry now, so it looks like the spring is either dry or there is a leak…

“During the WPA construction of the “Gold Road Section” from Gold Road Mine to Kingman, sources of water for animals, cars and humans alike were hard to find.

A man named Shaffer found water seeping from cliff walls and built a basin made of indigenous rock and concrete. He set it where the springs could drain into it.

Locals kept gold-fish, snails and plants in it to help keep the water fresh and algae free. Many local residents call it the Gold Fish Bowl.

The spring has frozen over or gone dry, but someone always restocks it with fish. The only hint of its presence is a column of stone stairs built up the cliff wall to the basin.”-Route 66 News



My Opal Jewelry, Real and Faux

Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, along with pink tourmaline. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.”-Jewels for Me

“In fact, in Roman times, the gem was carried as a good luck charm of talisman, as it was believed that the gem, like the rainbow, brought its owner good fortune. To the Romans, it was considered to be a token of hope and purity.  It was also referred to as the “Cupid Stone” because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love. The early Greeks believed the opal bestowed powers of foresight and prophecy upon its owner, while in Arabian folklore, it is said that the stone fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. The Oriental traditions referred to them as “the anchor of hope”. Lucky opal – the stone of hope, the birthstone of October.”-Opals Down Under

Opals are beautiful and I really don’t know who started the nonsense about opals being bad luck…Some people still believe the superstition today…I don’t…

Here is a sampling of my opal jewelry:

Magnetic Opal Brooch

Opal Magnetic Earrings

Black Opal Magnetic Earrings

Oval Opal Earrings

Triangle Opal Earrings

Black Opal Earrings

I Finally Made It To Mount Rushmore

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It is impressive. This was my first view as we were driving up the hill on a Sunday.  Don’t try to go and see it before 12 noon on Sunday, because the traffic was horrible. When we came back down, there was no traffic at all.

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This guy was next to us. He went to sleep…

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It was an enjoyable experience, and I got a lot of nice photos. You can order everything from framed prints to Yoga mats from my shop on Pixels.com



Handmade Dragonfly Magnetic Eyeglass Holder And Matching Earrings

Here’s The Link


This magnetic eyeglass holder has a dragonfly on a simple rectangle made from pink anodized aluminum, but you can custom order it in any color. The rectangle is 25 x 20 mm.
The color charts are ovals and triangles but you will receive a rectangle.
Whether you are out shopping, relaxing or working, this will keep your glasses handy.
The wire lanyard will match the color of the dragonfly, unless you request at different color.

The lanyard is made out of hand wrapped coated copper wire that will hold your reading glasses, sun glasses, I.D, badge or badge reel. Two super strong neodymium magnets hold it on your clothing securely and without damage to your favorite outfit. It’s simple, elegant, and practical.
The wire will hold sunglasses or reading glasses that are up to 16 mm in width. It is hand wrapped with jewelry pliers, so if you order a larger or smaller lanyard opening I may wrap the wire a little differently.
I you need a larger opening for wider glasses please send millimeter dimensions with order.
Glasses are shown for display only and are not included.
If you have misplaced your metric ruler, remember that 13 mm=1/2 inch.
Handmade in the USA, signed, dated and copyrighted by Laura Wilson-Jeweler
Need extra magnet backs? They are listed here:

Earrings are also available:Magnetic Earrings

Dangle Earrings