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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.

Discover more Oakland history:

Oakland Museum

Douglas County Museum


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.

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