The Oak Lodge label was first applied to special governmental service districts set up to provide safe water (1922) and sanitary sewers (1956) to residents of Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge. In the late 70s, when citizen advisory groups were formed to advise county government, the label was again applied, placing volunteers from several local communities and neighborhoods under a single umbrella called the Oak Lodge Community Council.
While Oak Lodge is not a place name, both Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge are long-standing communities whose names and identities were first determined more than a century ago. In company with incorporated cities, both are recognized and listed by Clackamas County as distinct communities on the county website.
The Oak Lodge History Detectives will be focused on the following communities:Painting, 1932. Oatfield Hill south toward Thiessen Road.