Sep 11, 2013
OAKDALE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal attended the city of Oakdale’s 100th birthday celebration at the Mowad Civic Center.
Governor Jindal said, “Cities like Oakdale, with its great people, culture and work ethic, are the backbone of Louisiana. Birthdays are always special, but celebrating 100 successful years of a city and its community is remarkable. For decades this city has helped support Louisiana’s economy and has been home to many good jobs for our people, and every member of this community is blessed to live here in Oakdale. Across Louisiana, we are all blessed to live in great communities with rich, family-centric cultures and great heritage, just like the folks here in Oakdale.
“It’s also no secret that Allen Parish and the entire Southwest Region offer a wealth of economic opportunities for companies that want to invest here. It’s about much more than just economic vitality. Indeed, this area is blessed not just with rich natural resources, but is rich with the opportunity to enjoy what makes Louisiana great – the Sportman’s Paradise.
“Birthdays are time to reflect on our history and also our future. As we reflect, we look back on the challenges we faced and what we did to overcome those obstacles. The story of Oakdale is part of the fabric of Louisiana. Oakdale has faced its struggles like all of us, but it has always come back stronger and better than before. That’s the way of Louisiana. What has made Oakdale survive 100 years – faith, family, culture, and hard work – will only help make Oakdale stronger in the next 100 years.”
Located in Allen Parish, Oakdale is a small city of approximately 8,000 people. Founded as Dunnville in 1890, the town was renamed Oakdale in 1893 to coincide with the boom of the rail industry and incorporated in 1913.
By 1925, Oakdale had become a premier location for Louisiana’s sawmill and lumber industries—including the Calcasieu River Lumber Company, which was one of the earliest businesses that thrived.