Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O = Oatman: A to Z Blogging Challenge

Oatman, Arizona is located in the Black Mountains of western Arizona. It grew from a gold find in 1915 although there had been settlers in the area for many years.

The Oatman family travelled from Illinois to the territory that would later become Arizona and were ambushed in 1851. The only survivors were Olive and her sister who died while in captivity. Olive was tattooed by the Mohave Indians who later released her in the area of present day Oatman, lending her name to the mining community.
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were married in Kingman on March 18, 1939 and stopped at the Oatman Hotel as during their honeymoon. It later became known as a part of the famed Route 66.

Oatman has become a favorite Arizona tourist attraction due to interest in Route 66 and some of their gentle residents: wild burros who are allowed to freely roam the town. The burros are descended from prospector’s donkeys left years ago and carrots are sold in many of the shops for tourists to feed the animals.

To further entertain visitors there are numerous classic car rallies, Old West shootouts and cookouts.

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