Oakland - Step back in Time

The Oakland Oregon Area

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) which connects to the American Highway 101

Oakland is only 3 minutes off I-5 Exit 138 or 140 (North / South) only 2 miles North of Sutherlin.

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Oakland History

Oakland, Oregon was the first city to be placed on the state's historic register, in May 1968 and in 1979 the Oakland Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

Oakland's Landmarks

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.

Oakland's Tour of Homes

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.

Chenowith Home

This house was built in 1902


Grubbe Home

This house was built in 1880


Beckley Home

This house was built in 1900


The Brown Home

This house was built in 1888


Joseph Quant Home

This house was built in 1883


Bovington Home

This house was built in 1884


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Oakland, Oregon 97462


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