Oakdale is proud to be the "Cowboy Capital of the World"

We offer our visitors a taste of the Old West. Established in 1871, our historic town is home to boutique shopping, delicious cuisine and unique events.
1848
Gold discovered along the Stanislaus River
1853
The family of Francis Marion Cottle became the first settlers of present day Oakdale
1871
Andrew Jackson Patterson offers a parcel of land to the railroad and Oakdale is established
1880
The town reaches a population of 500
1886
1,000 residents including three doctors and one dentist
Today
Oakdale is the thriving Cowboy Capital of the World!
1906
Oakdale incorporated into a city
1954
The first Oakdale Rodeo

Find Your Country

Established in 1871, our historic town is home to boutique shopping, delicious cuisine and unique events. Oakdale is proud to be the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and we offer our visitors a taste of the Old West. The Oakdale Saddle Club hosts the annual Oakdale Rodeo the second weekend of April. A visit to the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, located in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad depot, gives you a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who helped shape California. The museum’s collection features memorabilia from pioneering ranching families and legends of rodeo.

At the Oakdale Chocolate Festival, held annually the third weekend in May, vendors offer up an array of chocolate, food and drinks. The event features a classic car show and amusement park rides, as well as arts and crafts booths. Oakdale offers many wonderful opportunities to explore, from rafting on the Stanislaus River to rides on the Sierra DinnerTrain. We have a wide range of dining options and several options for a relaxing stay.