My husband and
I were on a haunted tour of Laughlin Arizona
which also took us out to historic Oatman
Arizona along Route 66.
We went to the historic
town of Oatman, Arizona. Nestled in town sits
the haunted Oatman Hotel. The Oatman Hotel
is one of the biggest attractions of the small
town as many speak of it's many ghosts. The
ghosts are those of Clark Gable and Carole
Lombard, who evidently had so many fine memories
of the old hotel that they simply refuse to
leave. Continuing to celebrate, guests and
staff have often heard the pair whispering
and laughing from the room when it is empty.
According to one report, when a professional
photographer took a picture of the empty room,
the ghostly figure of a man appeared on the
Oatman was first established
as a tent city in the early 1900s and the
historic hotel, called the Drulin Hotel, was
built in 1902. The eight room hotel did a
brisk business to area miners, especially
after two miners struck a rich vein that would
end up being a 10 million dollar gold find
in 1915. Prior to that time the town had been
little more than a mining camp. The rich gold
discovery brought hundreds of new settlers
and within one year’s time, Oatman had
grown to more than 3,500 residents.
In 1952, Route 66, the main
route from the Midwest to California, bypassed
this stretch of mountains to be I-40 from
Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California. Oatman
and Goldroad became real Ghost Towns.
I took a picture
of the upstairs window in the Oatman Hotel.
You can see an image of a person in the window.
A few minutes later I took another picture
of the same window and it looks totally different.
This was at about 10:30 pm. This town has
about 90 residents in it but no one lives
in the main drag where the hotel is located,
and that second level has not been used for
over a year due to the poor condition of the
On March 29, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their
wedding night at the old hotel after having
been married in Kingman, Arizona. Remembering
this memorable night, the couple often returned
to the hotel for the peace and solitude it
afforded them. Clark was known to spend many
a night playing poker with some of the miners.
Sadly, Carole Lombard was killed in a plane
crash in January 1942. Though devastated,
Clark continued with his life and his career
and later married again. The
owners told us that the doors are always locked
and no one is ever allowed to go up there
due to safety concerns.
Hardyville Cemetery in Mohave
We also went to Bullhead
cemetery and it there seems to be a spirit
passing under the sign.
Bullhead City is in Mohave
County in northwestern Arizona, near the state
borders of Nevada and California. Originally
home to the Mojave Indians, the Bullhead City
region was first seen by outsiders in 1540
when the Spanish explorer Melchlor Diaz passed
through with his party. Europeans were not
to return until 1776, when Father Garces crossed
the Colorado River here nearly a month before
the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The Indians remained undisturbed until the
mid eighteen-hundreds, when steamboats began
to make regular trips upriver from Port Isabel
in the Gulf of California.
Once gold and silver
was discovered along the river and at what
was to become Bullhead City, prospectors began
arriving in droves. Bullhead City was first
called Hardyville, for its founder William
Harrison Hardy who settled here in the eighteen-sixties.
Hardyville was quick to become a thriving
river port, where miners came to for supplies
and entertainment. Largely demolished by fire
in 1872, Hardyville became a ghost town at
the turn of the century when the mines were
finished and the new train line passed it
by. When gold was discovered at Katherine,
(in what is now the Lake Mead National Recreation
Area), the few remaining hopefuls left Hardyville
behind. All that remains of this early settlement
is the Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery in Bullhead
City and the items in the local Colorado River
see: My Dog The Professional
Ghost Hunter: The Oatman Hotel Ghost