Oracle, Arizona Community Information
Oracle is in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Oracle and two other towns, Mammoth and San Manuel, make up a tri-community area within a 12-mile radius. Albert Weldon made the trip to the western part of the United States via Cape Horn in his uncle's ship, The Oracle. While working at the Oracle Mine, Weldon began building a brush camp where Oracle exists today. By January 1882, there were approximately eight dwellings in the area. The town did not begin to grow, however, until the Apache Mine began working. One of the early settlers, Edwin S. Dodge, applied for a post office in the 1880s, but his first choice for a name was rejected in favor of Oracle, Weldon's ship.
Oracle is a hill town located at 4,500 ft. in the northern oak-woodlands of the Catalina Mountains. Javelina, deer and other wildlife are commonly seen wandering around various neighborhoods. Popular activities for both residents and visitors are biking, hiking, and horseback riding on numerous trails such as the Oracle branch of Arizona trails. The Acadia Ranch Museum, which was Oracle's first post office, is now on the National Register of historic places and houses a collection of historic objects both large and small. Scenic drives include the road to Redrock and Pinal Pioneer Parkway both of which traverse a natural garden of desert flora.
Facilities in the tri-community area of Oracle, Mammoth and San Manuel include three libraries, four parks, two swimming pools, a community center, three tennis courts, historical society and museum, three senior citizens organizations, five lighted ball fields and a golf course. The YMCA Triangle Y Camp summer youth camp is located in the Coronado National Forest south of Oracle. There is also a public picnic ground with facilities in Peppersauce Canyon in the same area. A community theater group performs at a nearby facility which has been converted to a theater.