Inside the Museum
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum contains the sights, sounds and smells of our western heritage. Upon entering the Cowboy Museum, one quickly notices the memorabilia that illustrates the lifestyle of the American Cowboy. The unique skills of the leather crafter are seen on the finely tooled leather saddles that surround the two galleries of the Museum.
The action photographs that fill the spacious walls along with several personal collections tell the story of our early western beginnings. The many tools of the rancher such as branding irons, boots, spurs and chaps are displayed for a “hands on” experience.
It's only fitting that Oakdale, known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” has a Cowboy Museum commemorating our local ranchers, rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. Centrally located, Oakdale attracted many young “cowhands” in the 1950’s & 60’s that worked on area ranches during the week and entered rodeo competition on the weekends. Several of these cowboys won rodeo championship titles and brought home coveted awards and national acclaim to Oakdale. Together, these rodeo athletes earned over 25 professional world championship titles, countless trips to the National Finals Rodeo. Visitors to the Cowboy Museum will marvel over these classic awards that all will enjoy.
Kids will like our special interactive area where dressing up as cowboy or cowgirl is encouraged.