Oatman, Arizona: Roaming Burros of a Former Mining Town

Founded in about 1906, Oatman was established as a prominent mining town, producing nearly 1.8 million ounces of gold before the boom ended in the 1940’s. As part of the mining effort, early prospectors brought burros, or small donkeys, to haul rock and various supplies in and out of the mines. Upon the closing of the last mines, the burros were released in the neighboring hills. Today, packs of the animals roam the otherwise largely abandoned town. The burros are wild and may attempt to kick or bite. Nonetheless, they are the main attraction and visitors to the town are free to roam among them and feed them at their own risk.

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