Oakesdale, population 420, lies 38 miles north of Pullman on Highway 27. Oakesdale is one of the oldest communities in the state and has several homes and buildings on the National Historical Register.
Continuing north 3 miles you enter the beautiful Town of Oakesdale with it's many farm grain elevators. There is a renewed sense of Community and pride here and many new businesses are popping up around town.
Winding into town you pass Ditzys Quilting shop with expresso and lattes available.If you are hungry stop into our nice Cafe for a bite. Then see the Old brick Conoco Gas station on the corner of Steptoe and First st. as you turn to the right through town.
Next,is the The McCoy Valley museum with it's volumes of information from the past of Oakesdales founders and builders of this once thriving community which sits next to city hall.
Looking around you notice all the train tracks. This is because Oakesdale was once the "hub" of the Palouse, where the grains, lentils and peas were shipped from.Three major Railroads came through town, The Northern Pacific, Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern. A fourth, the Milwaukee Road skirted the town.
Then You come to Ace Richfield station being restored as it was in the 50's and 60's . Originally owned by Les Scoles, he operated it in the 1930's as a Texaco station then a Mobilgas station in the late 1940's and early 1950's then the Richfield station which it is now. The office area inside is now a gift shop with local artisans crafts, oil painting, stained glass and metal work.
The famous Barron Flour Mill, a landmark for the area is next. The beautiful grounds on which it sits is great for picnics and pictures.. Photographers come from across the United States and world to see this historic piece of our Palouse Heritage.
As you head north out of town you can see the Willows Garage, once the Regan buggy shop. It was also one of the first Ford model T dealerships in the Inland North West in the 1910's. Saved from the wrecking ball by the Oakesdale Town Council, it is now being retrofitted as our town recycle center, with an eye to the future while keeping the spirit of it's heritage alive.
Ahead is the Old Oakesdale Grange, now the "Two Old Hammers" antique shop. This building was beautifully restored and is packed with treasures from the past. We say that if you can't find "it", "it's" probably at the "Two Old Hammers".
While in town please search out and look at our century old Churches and buildings that are from a wonderful time in the past.
Now, staying to the left, you can head out of town on Hwy 271 to your next Scenic By-way destination, Rosalia, an amazing short 10 mile drive through the rolling fields of our wonderful Palouse.