Cookie Checks Out the Oakdale Cowboy Museum
A few years ago, I was visiting with some friends in Oakdale, California, just before I started out on my nationwide tour. While I was there, I ventured out to see what was in the quaint little town- about a half hour away from Modesto.
I found a cute little museum in an amazing part of town. The surroundings around the museum made me feel happy. It is something I think everyone should see- but I know it is not possible for everyone to travel to the area, so I am delighted to share my pictures with you.
The streets and sidewalks have been formed with cobblestone-type tiles to give the area a pleasant, historical atmosphere. A plaque outside the museum tells of the history of the area, and a sculpture of a horse and rider mentally transports visitors back in time.
The museum contains all kinds of artifacts that belonged to residents of long ago. Many of the relics highlight the ranching history of the town. Visitors can learn about the rodeo and why Oakdale has been referred to as the Cowboy Capital of the World.
The historical building contains several saddles along with information about those who used them. Rodeo attire such as chaps and spurs are on display as well. Photos of past rodeo competitors. along with awards won, are also on display.
Typical equipment used in ranching such as branding irons and shoeing tools is housed at the museum. There is even a cow hide hanging on the wall. Historical newsletters and rodeo programs are available for any who are interested in learning more about the town's rich history.
The gift shop contains tons of fun stuph. There is clothing, hats, and cups available for purchase. The store has fun gag gifts and yummy treats too. Sales from the gift shop help to keep the museum open and bring more interesting exhibits for viewing.
All kinds of fun events are held each year to fund the operation of the Cowboy Museum. Every year, hundreds of women attend the Cowgirl Luncheon. There is also an annual dinner and auction held to benefit the museum.
To learn more about the museum and Oakdale, check out their website or visit their Facebook page. They are always posting fun stuph on their page, and you can keep up with events they might be hosting.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual trip to the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Be sure to come back next week for another fun trip.