Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wagon Tracks And A Burro Stampede!!

These pictures were taken less than a half mile from Main Street or Route 66 in  the city of Kingman, Arizona. Rugged and breath taking.
Take a closer look.  There in the rock.
The grooves you see embedded in the rock were created over years of  wagons making their trek to the Wild West in hopes of a better life. 

Early travelers in wagons heading west to California rode over sandstone hills north of Kingman, Arizona in Mohave County. The steel covered wooden wagon wheels carved tracks in the stone road bed. The indentations or holes in the sides of the sandstone trails where used to wedge the wagons up the hill with leverage from heavy wooden poles.

Now that is HISTORY!!

Next stop, Oatman, Arizona
 Welcome to the best old mining ghost town in the west. 

Traveling from Kingman on Route 66 you must travel through Stigreaves Pass.

Don't take a motor home.  I recall this section of Route 66. I was eleven years old. Dad pulled a trailer and what I remember most is my mom's nervousness. 

Route 66 twists and turns through this mountain pass, a narrow, two lane road. The road drops down in Oatman, a small town made famous when Clark Gable and Carole Lombard got married and spent their honeymoon in the Oatman Hotel.

Today the main attraction are the wild burros that roam the streets. Julie fell in love with them.

Well me too!

Most of the shops  sell food for the burros. Look at the happy animals! Julie's doing such a nice thing.

One burro told another. They all fell in love with Julie. It began to get out of hand when one impatient burro bit her  because she wasn't shelling out the food fast enough.

 She decided to walk away, then run. It is funny now, but we were a little worried until a local shouted, " Throw  the food on the ground  to distract them." It worked. The stampede of by wild burros was averted.

On the drive  back we stopped at Cool Springs for a cool drink. The end to a very historical day.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Love it! That's a day I'll never forget! So glad I've got you to document our travels. Thanks for a wonderful experience.