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Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Oak of the Golden Dream

 
 
Oak of the Golden Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
1. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
Inscription.
In 1839, the Mexican Government granted to Antonio del Valle some 48,000 acres of The Santa Clarita Valley known as the Del Valle Rancho.

On March 9, 1842, Francisco Lopez y Arbello, the brother-in-law of Antonio del Valle, visited the Rancho. While napping under a great oak tree, he dreamt that he was surrounded by gold and was very rich. Upon awaking, he picked a bunch of wild onions that were growing around some sycamore trees just north of the great oak tree. Attached to the onion roots were several small pieces of gold.

This discovery by Francisco Lopez y Arbello marked the first recorded discovery of gold in California.

The great oak tree became known as
“The Oak of the Golden Dream.”
 
Erected 1991 by Santa Clarita Valley Association of Realtors.
 
Location. 34° 22.697′ N, 118° 28.072′ W. Marker is in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Placerita Canyon Road. Click for map. Marker and Oak are located on the Heritage Trail at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Park . A short hike from the upper parking area of the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Oak of the Golden Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
2. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 1.4 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 2.5 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 2.5 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 2.5 miles away); Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass (approx. 3.5 miles away but has been reported missing); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); “The Cascades” (approx. 4.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Newhall.
 
Regarding Oak of the Golden Dream. Also see "Nearby Marker" by the same name for additional information.
 
Also see . . .  The Family History of Antonio del Valle. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Oak of the Golden Dream image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
3. Oak of the Golden Dream
Entrance to Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
4. Entrance to Tunnel
This tunnel, on the Heritage Trail to the Oak of Golden Dream, takes walkers under Placerita Canyon Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,932 times since then and 227 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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