Near Valencia in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Oak of the Golden Dream
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In Placeritas Canyon, March 1842, Francisco Lopez y Arballo, while gathering wild onions from around an old oak, discovered gold particles clinging to the roots of the bulbs. It is estimated that $80,000 in gold was discovered as a result of this discovery.
Erected by Department of Public Works - Division of Highways. (Marker Number 168.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Resources • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
Location. 34° 25.834′ N, 118° 35.376′ W. Marker is near Valencia, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on The Old Road just north of Rye Canyon Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28018 The Old Rd, Valencia CA 91355, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rancho San Francisco (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tesoro Adobe (approx. 3˝ miles away); Mentryville Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Commercial Oil Well In California (approx. 4.7 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Valencia.
Regarding Oak of the Golden Dream. The site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 168 on March 6, 1935.
This is one of four directional markers with identical text, at four different locations around the Santa Clarita Valley. (The one at Beale’s Cut is missing). They all have Placerita misspelled as Placeritas.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,244 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on August 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 3. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 4. submitted on June 20, 2009. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.