Oakley, Idaho

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Oakley is a city in Cassia County, Idaho, United States. The population was 668 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Burley, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Oakley is located at 42°14′32″N 113°52′51″W / 42.24222°N 113.88083°W / 42.24222; -113.88083 (42.242360, -113.880904),[1] at 4,560 feet in elevation. It is at the very southern limit of the Snake River Plain, and close to Goose Creek, between the Middle and Albion Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), all of it land.

History

The city was named for William Oakley, the proprietor of a 19th century stagecoach station located at a spring currently located about 2 miles west of the present townsite known as Oakley Meadows. David B. Haight, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Oakley. The small hamlet has served as home to a surprising number of famous Americans. The former governors of Utah and [Massachusetts]] can trace their stock to Oakley. Jon Huntsman of Utah is the grandson of David B. Haight, above, and Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts is the son of another famous Oakley-ite, George Romney. Yet another Oakley Romney, Marion G. Romney, was a Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Oakley is also rich in old west lore, such as the tale of Diamondfield Jack, and another story of intrigue, the story of Gobo Fango[1].

This town of less than 800 people has turned out leaders in politics, business, and entertainment. The town is also home to current Idaho's Assistant House Majority Leader Scott Bedke.

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