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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Around Town


Oatman, Arizona was a mining town but it is now a tourist attraction. It got its name from a young girl, named Olive Oatman, who was kidnapped in 1857 by the Mojave indians.

The miners brought burro's to help with the work load and when it all ended they let them go...now they come into town daily and are fed by the tourist. See a short video here.

5 comments:

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Ming the Merciless said...

I didn't even know what a burro is until you mentioned it here today. :-)

How is a burro different from say, a donkey or an ass?

JeanMac said...

We spent time there in Oct. 06 - we loved the little town and burros.Thanks for the great memory.

Changes in the wind said...

Ming, you sent me on an adventure to find your answer and here it is:

The Spanish brought donkeys, called "burros" in Spanish, to North America, where they were prized for their hardiness in arid country and became the beast of burden of choice by early prospectors in the Southwest United States. In the western United States the word "burro" is often used interchangeably with the word "donkey" by English speakers. Sometimes the distinction is made with smaller donkeys, descended from Mexican stock, called "burros," while those descended from stock imported directly from Europe are called "donkeys."

sheoflittlebrain said...

What a fun post! My DIL has been saying she was going to take me to Oatman for a couple of years. I think, come spring, I'll nag her to do so:)