I drove to Oatman along the former Route 66 (now Highway 10), passing such
oddball sites as Ed's Camp, Shaffer's Fishbowl, and the Big John Lacy Memorial
Guitar. Oatman is a former
gold mining town which now features many old-west tourist activities.
Lake Havasu City is a beastly-hot oasis of water, and apparently a haven for
huge flashy cigarette boats. 34.4744, -114.3499
Swansea Ghost Town
I visited the Swansea Ghost Town,
about 40 miles southeast of Lake Havasu. 34.15555, -113.8321 I made a loop,
entering by Swansea Mine Road, on which I crossed the Central Arizona Project
Canal). Swansea had many remains to explore, including various ore processing
buildings, workers quarters, and a mine entrance guarded by a snake.
After spending the night camping near Swansea, I continued northeast to the
Bill Williams River 34.22782, -113.7783 , then turned southeast on a gas pipeline trail, before
taking the Alamo Dam Road back to Highway 60. The gas pipeline itself was very
interesting, with an elaborate crossing at the Bill Williams River, and various
stations with huge cut-off valves.
At Route 60, I filled up on supplies at the store at the tiny town of Wenden. 33.82312, -113.5417