It’s not a “city” or a “town”. To qualify as either, boundaries must be set and a local government incorporated. So what the heck is it?
Oracle is a place identified on a map of indeterminate location. The Oracle Fire District has boundaries. The Oracle School District has boundaries. We have an Oracle Post Office, a shared justice court and a shared zip code. What does this add up to?
Oracle isn’t defined by any lines. It’s something else entirely different. The bottom line is Oracle is a figment of residents’ (and some visitors’) imaginations. Made up out of whole cloth from stories residents have told themselves beginning more than a century ago. Oracle is a civic life form sustained by local hopes, dreams, and real world accomplishments. It is quite literally a story town living on energy derived from stories told and retold.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.