OLD TRAILS RD/ OCEAN TO OCEAN RD: Back when autos were new, a road was needed to run from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. In 1912, the US Goverment officially opened this road. It was a series of "old trails" linked together and patched to become the first US "Ocean to Ocean Road" but was more popularly called the "Old Trails Road". This portion of the road was bypassed by the original Route 66 in favor of including the mining town of Oatman, AZ. Much of this first road later became part of the famous "Route 66" as the "Yucca Cutoff" was opened in 1953. In one of the photos, you can see how closely the original route was followed as even today the I-40 fwy is in sight and close. Much of this road is no longer in existance, this is why I feel honored to have driven this part still here in Mohave County, AZ.
I went for a drive today, locally, to try to find a ghost town. This one doesn't have signs and souvenir concessions, just a few relics & ruins here & there. My little truck got some good old fashioned Arizona pinstriping while we were out & about. but she never even almost got stuck. We never did find the little town we were looking for. We DID find the mine associated with it so we knew we were close. We plan on returning tomorrow as we have a better idea where it's at.