Oatman, Arizona, named after Olive Oatman, a young girl from Illinois.
While traveling with her family they were attacked and most of the family
massacred while Olive and her sister Mary were captured by the Apache then
eventually traded to the Mohave Indians near the town of Oatman. Both
Olive & Mary were marked with the famous tattoo on the chin marking them
as slaves to the Mohave. Mary died while in captivity and Olive was later
traded to the Army and released from captivity.
Oatman, Arizona is a gold mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave
County, elevation 2700 ft., which began as a tent camp. Strike after
strike kept Oatman alive, the biggest seems to be the 1915 strike of $14
million. The population of Oatman
went from a few hundred to over 3500 within a year which lead to long
waits at the restaurants. In 1921, a fire burned much of Oatman, but the
town was rebuilt. Mining was somewhat sporadic through the next forty
years, and Oatman still survives today. Oatman now has a variety of Gift
shops and Restaurants. So plan a trip to come and visit us and travel the
Historic Route 66, Mother Road from Illinois to California. Open 7 days a
week all year long.
Wild Burros roam our streets of
Oatman, Arizona. When the old Miners left
Oatman they left
behind their burros to run wild and our burros of today are the products
of those Miners burros. There are several herds of burros out in the hills
surrounding Oatman. Usually there are 12 to 14 head roaming our streets
and tourists are encouraged to feed them with alfa alfa pellets or carrots
which you can buy from most of the shops. We do ask that you don't feed
the baby burros, they can choke easily. If in doubt ask any of the local
people they can tell you which can be fed. And we also caution safety, the
ones that do come to town are mostly very tame but they are wild and can
spook and can kick so do be very careful around them.