The town of Oatman was born in 1906 as a tent camp and flourished as a thriving gold mining center till 1942. The residents take pride in keeping its town as authentic as possible, giving visitors a look back into history and showing the Wild West as it really was. Located on historic Route 66, this family-friendly town features gift shops, restaurants, staged gunfights and friendly wild burros. Not only has Oatman been the filming location for several, classic western motion pictures, but notably, Oatman's most famous visitors were Clark Gable and Carol Lombard who stayed there briefly during their well-publicized "elopement" in the 1930s. The Black Mountains surrounding Oatman are full of canyons, riverbeds and washes ready for exploring by off-road sand-rail tours or horseback rides on trails once used by the U.S. Cavalry. "Get your kicks on Route 66" and experience the narrow, winding, mountain road used by early 20th century travelers. Heading east on Route 66, are more unique opportunities for exploration. The Grand Canyon Caverns offer a look at the creations made by underground streams that flowed during the formation of the Grand Canyon. Keepers of the Wild, located 59 miles east of Laughlin, is a nature park and exotic animal sanctuary where you can visit wildlife from around the world in one day.