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Oatman in Mohave County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Oatman, Arizona

Elevation 2700 Feet

 
 
Oatman, Arizona Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
1. Oatman, Arizona Marker
Along the "Mother Road", Historic Route 66
Inscription. Oatman was founded about 1908. By 1931, the area's mines had produced over 1.8 million ounces of gold. By the mid 1930's, the boom was over and in 1942 the last remaining mines were closed as nonessential to the war effort.
Burros first came to Oatman with early day prospectors. The animals were also used inside the mines for hauling rock and ore outside the mines. Burros were used for hauling water and supplies. As the mines closed and people moved away, the burros were released into the surrounding hills.
The burros you meet today in Oatman, while descendents of domestic work animals, are themselves wild - - they will bite and kick. Please keep a safe distance from them. Wild burros are protected by Federal Law from capture, injury, or harassment. Help protect these living symbols of the Old West.
 
Erected by Oatman Arizona.
 
Location. 35° 1.609′ N, 114° 23.063′ W. Marker is in Oatman, Arizona, in Mohave County. Marker is on Oatman Topock Hwy ( AZ 66 ) near Bannon Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Along Historic Route 66. Marker is in this post office area: Oatman AZ 86433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured
Welcome to Oatman, AZ Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
2. Welcome to Oatman, AZ
as the crow flies. Durlin Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oatman Arizona and its Burros (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Oatman (about 600 feet away); Oatman Drug and Health Club (about 700 feet away); Gold Road Mine (approx. 1.4 miles away); Commercial Steamship Transportation and Bullhead Community Park (approx. 13.1 miles away); Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 13.2 miles away); Hardyville Site (approx. 13.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oatman.
 
Also see . . .
1. Desert USA, Oatman, AZ. Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman, who was kidnapped as a young girl by Mojave Indians and later rescued .... (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Arizona Legends. The Oatman Hotel is one of the biggest attractions of the small village as the word of its mischievous ghosts has spread far and wide. The first and foremost ghosts are those of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Oatman, Arizona , wild Burros, as mentioned on marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 1, 2003
3. Oatman, Arizona , wild Burros, as mentioned on marker
Oatman's "Wild" Burros are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners in the late 1800s – when the miners no longer needed them, they were turned loose.
Oatman, Arizona where Burros rule the road Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
4. Oatman, Arizona where Burros rule the road
Oatman Hotel Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
5. Oatman Hotel
On March 29, 1939 Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their wedding night at the old hotel after having been married in Kingman, Arizona. Remembering this memorable night, the couple often returned to the hotel for the peace and solitude it afforded them. Clark was known to spend many a night playing poker with some of the miners.
Oatman, Arizona Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
6. Oatman, Arizona Marker
Early morning in Oatman.
Oatman, Arizona Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
7. Oatman, Arizona
Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66.
Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
8. Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman
Olive Oatman Restaurant and Saloon
Historic RT66 , a goldmine near Oatman Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 2002
9. Historic RT66 , a goldmine near Oatman
It is "razor wire" fenced in
Oatman Topock Hwy Old RT 66 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 2003
10. Oatman Topock Hwy Old RT 66
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,211 times since then and 114 times this year. Last updated on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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