THE CRAZIEST ASS TOWN WEST OF THE PECOS!
Oatman started life over 100 years ago as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center.
In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town's population grew to more than 3,500.
Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman, who as a young girl, was kidnapped by an Apache tribe, sold to Mojave
Indians and later rescued in a trade in 1857 near the current site of the town. Her story inspired the John Wayne epic,
"The Searchers. "Clark Gable & Carole Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel in 1939!
|Oatman's "Wild" Burro's 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. Each morning they come
into town looking for food. They wander the streets and greet the tourists. Burro pellets and carrots
are for sale at many of the shops -- the burros will eat all day if you feed them. Shortly before
sunset they wander back to the hills for the night.