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Oakley/Bethel Island

Oakley has a rich history and an involved citizenry.

Born a tiny railroad outpost, Oakley became a city nearly a 100 years to the day after the first Santa Fe train chugged across a dusty stretch of scrubland that was home to little more than jack rabbits and coyotes. Oakley’s origin as a railroad outpost can be detected in the Old Town section, a small strip of turn of the century buildings on Highway 4 that doubles as Main Street. City leaders are working to make the area with antique stores and other unique shops into a thriving business district and community core.

By early afternoon, agricultural workers are tending to wine grapes along Oakley Road in preparation for the upcoming harvest. Heritage vineyards have thrived in the sandy soil for more than 100 years, and these grapes make for award-winning wines. Just before 3 p.m., traffic rolls along Main Street as it snakes through the heart of downtown, past the new Oakley Civic Center, a growing source of community pride.

There are many local activities, such as the Almond Festival, many parks and trails, you can even bump into the city leaders at the Buzz Inn! You can check out the Delta Square Dancers or gather with the other “open-air” painters who gather near the Big Break Marina. The youngest city in the county has become known for having one of the best bass fisheries nationwide in it?s backyard.

Oakley schools have remained a focal point of the family-oriented community and they are some of the city’s largest employers. The single larges population group in Oakley is children from kindergartners to young teens, representing more than 20 percent of the residents.

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