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

Oatman Arizona and its Burros

 
 
Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
1. Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker
Inscription.  Oatman was founded around 1906 as part of Arizona's richest gold mining area. Oatman was reborn in the late 1960's and early 1970's as a tourist town. The main attraction was the wild burro herd. The burros roaming the Oatman area are descendants of the burros from the mining ventures of earlier times.

If it were not for these burros in all probability, neither you nor this plaque would be standing here today. People from all over the world come to visit, feed, and take pictures of the burros.
 
Erected 1994 by Billy Holcomb and Lost Dutchman Chapters of E Clampus Vitus and the Chamber of Commerce of Oatman, Arizona. (Marker Number 80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsNatural ResourcesNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 35° 1.546′ N, 114° 22.982′ W. Marker is in Oatman, Arizona, in Mohave County. Marker is at the intersection of Oatman -Topock Highway
Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
2. Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker
This marker is in center of rock wall.
/ Main Street (Old Route 66 and Rock Hound Road, on the left when traveling north on Oatman -Topock Highway / Main Street (Old Route 66. The marker is located at the Oatman COmmunity Hall & Mohave County Library. Oatman is located south of Bullhead City. Watch out for burros in the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 Main Street, Oatman AZ 86433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oatman (here, next to this marker); Oatman, Arizona (a few steps from this marker); Oatman Drug and Health Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Oatman (within shouting distance of this marker); Durlin Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Oatman, Arizona (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold Road Mine (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oatman.
 
More about this marker. The Oatman family were headed west. Just days short of the Colorado River they were attacked by Indians. Six of the family were killed outright. The oldest boy, left for dead, was rescued by some friendly Indians and survived. Mary Anne died in captivity after about a year. Olive survived and was finally ransomed after 5 years of captivity near the future site of Oatman in February 1856 by a carpenter from Fort Yuma, Harry Grinnell.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .
1. Oatman, AZ. History of Oatman, additional photos and a short video. (Submitted on April 4, 2010.) 

2. Oatman. The Chamber of Commerce tells of the history, its location on the Historic Route 66, and offers suggestions for additional attractions in the Oatman area. (Submitted on April 4, 2010.) 
 
Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
3. Oatman Arizona and its Burros Marker
Oatman, Arizona , wild Burros, as mentioned on marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa November 1, 2003
4. 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 and its Burros image. Click for full size.
By Sandie Kirchner, June 8, 2010
5. Oatman Arizona and its Burros
Oatman, Arizona Where Burros Rule the Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa November 2003
6. Oatman, Arizona Where Burros Rule the Road
The Mining Town of Oatman image. Click for full size.
Phoenix Public Library, circa 1900
7. The Mining Town of Oatman
Event Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 3, 2013
8. Event Patch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,270 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on June 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on April 4, 2010.   8. submitted on March 1, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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