On a very recent trip to Oatman, Arizona, my wife and I enjoyed this semi-ghost town and all it had to offer. About 35 miles northwest of Lake Havisu City, AZ, Oatman was a large Arizona gold district with a lot of activity at the turn of the century and up to about 1943. At that time, the U.S. government did not consider it vital to the war effort. I take that to mean that the treasury would no longer purchase gold from the mines. Recall that in 1933, President Roosevelt made it illegal for individuals to own gold.
After hard times from then on, the town has turned itself into a famous tourist spot. During the golden days, miners’ burros would wander off and survive on the desert. Over the years, burro herds propagated The herds got so big that the federal government (BLM) stepped in and created a burro adoption program and has used its knowledge of animal husbandry to try to control the growth of these populations. In Oatman, there is a very close relationship between those burros and the town folk. After all, if it were not for the burros, there would be no Oatman. These beasts of burden who did so much work to bring wealth to the nation are now part of the attraction. The burros roam the streets looking for alfalfa handouts from tourists. They are very friendly and enjoy there life there.