|The remains of Ed's Camp|
The first building he constructed was for the Kactus Kafe where people could get a bite to eat. Eventually he also built a grocery store, gas station and souvenir shop. The buildings were all simply built from wood and items he found or acquired from other sites and re-used or re-purposed For travelers who didn't have a tent or trailer, he charged $1.00 to sleep in their car parked on his property or, for the same price, they could sleep on a cot in his screened porch. If you didn't pay to camp or sleep, he charged by the bucket for water.
|Kactus Kafe at Ed's Camp|
|The scenery behind you as you near Sitgreaves Pass|
|The town of Oatman, AZ.|
More recently, Oatman has found new life mostly as a tourist town. There is a little mining activity that has resumed and the old buildings have been refurbished to sell paintings, do-dads, gewgaws, souvenirs, and antiques. The so-called wild donkeys, descendants of the burros brought in by miners back in the day, are accomplished moochers and will even try to push their mouth into your pockets if they think you have something tasty to give, but are holding out on them. None of them appeared to have missed any meals.
|Youngest-daughter petting one of the many "wild"donkeys |
walking around the town.
|Gunfight actors standing around in front of the |
Oatman Hotel waiting to excite the tourists.
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