“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Temecula in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Great Oak

The Great Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Johnson, August 8, 2010
1. The Great Oak Marker
Inscription. This is the place of the Great Oak or Wi段a$ha (We-awsh-ah). The great oak is a member of the wi段a$al or Coast Live Oak Family (Quercus Agrifolia). Estimates range anywhere from 500 to 2000 years old. The Great Oak continues to attract people to share its unique and endearing qualities, as it has done with its Luiseo friends for centuries.
Erected by The Pechanga Band (tribe) of Luiseno Indians.
Location. 33° 26.502′ N, 117° 5.559′ W. Marker is in Temecula, California, in Riverside County. Click for map. 3.8 mi from I15 and Temecula Parkway Junction. .7 mi south from Temecula Parkway, 2.7 mi south on Pechanga Parkway (SR 79)/ Pala Road (S16). Left/east on Pechanga Road, .7 mi. Right/south, Tribal Governance Center, check at reception desk. Marker is in this post office area: Temecula CA 92590, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heart o' the Hills (approx. 4.7 miles away); First National Bank (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mission San Antonio de Pala (approx. 5.4 miles away); La Asistencia de San Antonio de Pala (approx. 5.5 miles away); Jacob Bergman (approx. 11.6 miles away).
More about this marker.
The Great Oak image. Click for full size.
August 8, 2010
2. The Great Oak
With a human next to it for scale.
To visit the marker and The Great Oak, visitors must get permission and a guide from the Pechanga Band. Road directions are to the Tribal Governance Center. It is advisable to call the Tribe well ahead, (some weeks) of time to get permission to visit
Also see . . .  Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Tribal Page for The Great Oak. This page has extensive detail on the history and land ownership of the area where the Great Oak grows. The most noted past owner was former attorney Erle Stanley Gardner, author and creator of the Perry Mason lawyer novels and television series. In 2003 the oak and lands around it were purchased by the Pechanga Tribe. (Submitted on September 27, 2010.) 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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