Oatman Flat Station


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Ruins of the Oatman Flat Stage Station.

Later known Fourr's Stage Station, Oatman Flat was a stagecoach station of the Butterfield Overland Mail located along the Gila River in Maricopa County, Arizona. The site was located 20 miles east of Flap Jack Ranch and 20 miles west of Murderer's Grave Station. The station was near the Gila River at Oatman Flat nearby to the east of the Oatman Grave.

The family of Royce Oatman were buried there along the Southern Emigrant Trail following their massacre by the Yavapai in 1851. Royce Oatman, with his wife and seven children, left Independence, Missouri, to relocate to the Arizona Territory in August 1850. Source: Frontier Times Magazine. The Oatman Massacre.

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