Called that jewel of a city in the mountains very early in history, Oakridge was first named Big Prairie and later Hazeldell.
But in 1912 the City changed its name to Oakridge and now has a population of 3,680 residences.
Willamette City merged into Oakridge in November of 1972, after a decades long effort to unite the community.
The City is located above the fog line and below the snow line. It is so ideally located that one historical columnist referred to it as the "Shangrila of the Cascades."
Banking service came to Oakridge in November 1947 when the First National Bank of Oregon was established. The first bank was temporarily located in what is now the Corner Bar and Grill.