Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Ghost Town

One thing we wanted to see on our trip out west was a ghost town! 

A ghost town is defined as "an abandoned town or city. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, or war. The term is sometimes used to refer to cities, towns, and neighborhoods which are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past", according to wikipedia.  

On our way from Nevada to Arizona, we saw that there was a ghost town called Oatman that was sort of along the route we had planned to take.  Oatman used to be a mining town and now has less than 100 people who live there- oh and MULES!

They have a small main street with a saloon, general store, a few souvenir shops a place to dress in wild west clothes and take your picture and a place to purchase mule food.  The road to get to Oatman was so long, twisty and windy that my brother, the driver, was forbidden even one drink from the saloon! So, we went in the gift shops to purchase the required souvenir t-shirts and then bought mule food.  The food was little squares of hay, and as soon as the mules saw us buy the food, they chased my daughter through the gift shops and all the way out of the town trying to get the hay from her.  Basically, it was worth the drive just to watch her run from the mules!

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