Near Sentinel in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Oatman Massacre Site
Feb. 18, 1851
Erected by Yuma County Historical Society.
Location. 33° 0.164′ N, 113° 9.614′ W. Marker is near Sentinel, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from Oatman Road 8.8 miles north of Agua Caliente Road. Touch for map. On Oatman Road, follow rock cairns (piles of stacked rocks) northwest 1.5 miles to massacre site.
Note: Oatman Road is an un-maintained, primitive dirt road, passable only with high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles. Marker is in this post office area: Dateland AZ 85333, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Oatman Family (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Regarding Oatman Massacre Site. On March 19, 1851, Royce and Mary Ann Oatman and their seven children were part of a Mormon wagon train heading to the Arizona – California border area. They were camped on this spot when a group of Yavapai Indians approached and asked for food. Royce complied but, fearful that he wouldn't have enough for his family, refused the Yavapai's request for seconds. The family, with the exception of fifteen year old
Also see . . . The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (book) by Margot Mifflin. Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois—including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society—to her later years as a wealthy banker’s wife in Texas. (Submitted on June 21, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
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