Oatman Hotel

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This place not only has ghosts, but famous ones at that! The Oatman is reported to be haunted by the ghosts of none other than Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, so if you go ghost hunting, be sure to bring your autograph book as well. Of course the history put out of Clark and Lombard in the Oatman is purely fabricated. but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story!

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    181 Main St
    Oatman, AZ 86433
    United States

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    GPS:
    35.026373, -114.38334700000001
    County:
    Mohave County, Arizona
    Nearest Towns:
    Oatman, AZ (0.0 mi.)
    Mesquite Creek, AZ (11.3 mi.)
    Mojave Ranch Estates, AZ (13.1 mi.)
    Mohave Valley, AZ (13.3 mi.)
    Bullhead City, AZ (13.4 mi.)
    Laughlin, NV (14.5 mi.)
    Willow Valley, AZ (14.9 mi.)
    Golden Valley, AZ (16.3 mi.)
    Arizona Village, AZ (16.5 mi.)
    Katherine, AZ (16.9 mi.)

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    1. I have visited this place with my family, and while touring the hotel, I had an experience. We were looking around upstairs. Looking into one of the rooms there is a door with a clasp, and lock on the exterior of the door next to the doorway of this room. I am guessing it to be a closet??? while looking into the room I had an uneasy feeling. I stepped back from the doorway, and about that time something yanked on the locked (closet?) door, banging the lock, and clasp. Enough to freak me out… I was gone. I gathered the kids, and headed back down stairs.My wife met us coming down the stairs, and asked me what was wrong… she could see the fear on my face… I thought I had composed myself well as not to scare the kids, but she could tell something had happened.

    2. In 1972, during the annual Laughlin motorcycle rally, a friend, her husband, my wife and myself spent two nights in the hotel (They still rented rooms then, crappy rooms but we needed a place to stay.) Around 9pm the only hotel staff person still there closed up the bar and gave us the key to the front door. We were the only people in the buildng. After sitting and chating in the lobby for awhile we decide to go up to our rooms and turn in. Once we got to the top of the stairs, my friend’s husband suggested we go down the hall and check out “Oattie’s” room. “Oattie” was supposed to be the ghost of a miner who live in the hotel and froze to death on a trash heap out back in the 1920s while in a boozy stupor. We walked down a creaky, darkened hallway lit by a single blub to the closed door to Oatie’s room. My friend’s husband reached for the doorknob, but before he touched it, started to turn from inside! Did I mention we were alone in the building? Pretty funny sight – four “bikers” backing out of that hallway at top speed.

    3. I live locally. When we have friends and family visit, we always take them to Oatman. Several years ago on one occasion while touring the upstairs of the Oatman Hotel we had a strange occurrence in Oatie’s room. My friend attempted to take a photo of Oatie’s room, but her digital camera wouldn’t take a picture. I told her to walk outside the room and try taking a photo in the hallway. She did that and the camera worked fine. She went back into Oatie’s room and attempted to take the photo again, but her camera would not take a photo. She again went out to the hallway and took another photo of the hallway, the camera worked fine. One last attempt in Oatie’s room and once again her camera would not take a pic. She was able to take photos in all the other room that were open, but not Oatie room. Weird.

    4. On another visit Oatman Hotel, my son and I took a seat at the bar. As we were sipping out beer, I told him the story of the ghost of Oatie who haunts the hotel. We were both sitting at the bar staring straight ahead at the back bar when a heavy old time glass shot glass darted straight out from the top shelf it was sitting on, and came flying straight down, about 3 feet, and landed right-side-up on the back bar. It was as if Oatie was acknowledging himself and asking for a shot of whiskey. Everyone at the bar cheered and yelled “Give Oatie a drink!” So the bartender poured whiskey into the shot glass and there it sat untouched after that. My son and I couldn’t believe what we had just seen. That glass should have tumbled and broken from the height it fell, but it jutted out from the shelf and came straight down to the back bar as if someone had taken it from the shelf. We finished out beer and left.

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