Oakland has been called "quaint", "charming", and "cute". It is all that and more - beloved by the approximately 950 people who live here, it retains an almost undiscovered small town attraction. Nestled in the heart of the Umpqua Valley, Oakland is surrounded by rich, rolling farmland, ideal for cattle, sheep, goats, horses and agriculture especially wineries.
A few miles to the east are both the Umpqua National Forest and Willamette National Forests, with lush forests of conifers, numerous creeks, lakes, and stunning outdoor recreation with Diamond Lake and Crater Lake National Park.
Some 60 miles west is the Pacific Ocean with its pristine beaches and rock outcroppings. A beautiful drive through rich green meadows, past the Dean Creek Elk Preserve, to greet the salty air of Oregon's coasts.
Oakland is the starting / ending of the beautiful Umpqua River Scenic Byway (to and from Oakland / Reedsport via Highway 38 / 138)
Oakland is only 2 minutes off I-5 Exit 138 or 140 (North / South) only 2 miles North of Sutherlin
The local Douglas County News , The News Review keep us attuned on what is happening in Oakland & Douglas County.
Applegate Trail emigrants included Rev. Joseph A. Cornwall and his family who reached this valley in 1846. By the time they reached the Oakland area, they were exhausted and built a cabin to endure the winter before continuing north in the spring. A monument is located at this site near the I-5 on-ramp North.
In 1851 Dr. Dorsey S. Baker established the region's first grist mill and town - Oakland, across Calapooya Creek from the Cornwall's cabin. Construction of the Oregon & California Railroad triggered the relocation and founding of a new town by Alonzo F. Brown in 1872. At the turn of the century, Oakland was the leading turkey shipping center in the western United States. In 1929 Oakland sponsored the first Northwestern Turkey Show - which came to be known as the largest in the world. It was here that the broad breasted bronze turkey was developed.
There are many buildings and homes that have the rich history of the area displayed in a natural way, without pretense. The Oakland Businesses are like museums, the owners taking great pride in preserving the genuine antiquity for their patron's enjoyment.
The Rochester covered bridge nearby ushers you across the waters and down tree-lined country roads to enjoy the countryside or perhaps do a little wine tasting at several Umpqua Valley Wineries that distinguish the area with fine vintages.
Stop by the Oakland Museum or City Hall and pick up the Historic walking / driving tour map with homes of yesteryear and Cemeteries in the area.
There are many fine Victorian homes in Oakland that retain the charm of the past. The owners are proud to present them in their finery to the public in our Walking Tour. An easy stroll down the quiet streets of our town and you will see why Oakland is unique.
Make an afternoon of it...pick up some sandwiches at one of our local restaurants or stop by Bart's Market and have a picnic in the park. Or enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner at one of our fine restaurants.
3rd & Walnut Sts
403 Oak St
Chestnut & 2nd sts
The Brown Home
208 Chestnut St
Joseph Quant Home
234 NE 7th Street
327 Oak St
Historic Oakland is surrounded by meadows, mountains, and rivers. Clean air & water. People are friendly and say hello on the street. A community, not just a place to live. Crime is just about non-existent. People watch out for their neighbors. Old fashioned atmosphere with over 80 buildings built in the 1890s. Quiet streets .. No traffic. Not one signal light to be found! Cost of living is low and there is no sales tax in Oregon! The quality of life is wonderful. Easy access ..2 minutes to I-5, 5 minutes to Sutherlin, 15 minutes to Roseburg, one hour to Eugene, one hour to Grants Pass (138 miles from California border) and only one hour to the coast / Reedsport along the Umpqua River Scenic Byway