Sunday, September 13, 2009

California Collision: First National Bank of Oakdale Building

Just because I started my Upper Peninsula Upventure series doesn't mean I've forgotten about my other travel diary, California Collision.

We left Yosemite at dusk and drove through some winding roads--never fun at night--into California's Central Valley to Oakdale. At the town's center, I discovered this gorgeous structure, the First National Bank of Oakdale Building. It's now the Oak Valley Community Bank.

An agricultural center, it claims to be the "Cowboy Capital of the World."

Many of the people I encountered in Oakdale speak with a nasal Plains accent. They are probably descendants of Dust Bowl emigres.

The bank building is listed by the National Register of Historic Places.

Next: Strawberry Fields Forever

Related post:

Louis Sullivan's National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna

Earlier posts:

Tioga Lake
Mule Deer
The Pacific Crest Trail
Lembert Dome
Dana Fork
Tenaya Lake
Olmsted Point
Siesta Lake
Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point Sunset
Half Dome
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Chapel
El Capitan
Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Yosemite
Bridalveil Fall
El Portal
Obama's economic stimulus "campaign sign" stains Yosemite National Park
San Francisco and Homelessness
Is something going on here?
The Castro
F-line Streetcars
Angel Island
San Francisco's Chinatown
Fisherman's Wharf
Harvey Milk's Camera Shop
San Francisco's Union Square
The Painted Ladies
San Francisco and the military
Mission San Francisco de Asís
San Francisco's sea lions
San Francisco's blues mural
San Francisco: Cable cars

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