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

Oak of the Golden Dream

← 6 Miles

 
 
Oak of the Golden Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers
1. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
Inscription.  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. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural ResourcesNotable Places.
 
Location. 34° 22.696′ N, 118° 33.83′ W. Marker is in Santa Clarita, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lyons Avenue just east of Interstate 5, on the right when traveling east. Park at the Burger King to view the marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24530 Lyons Ave, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Oil Refinery (here, next to this marker); American Bison (approx. 2 miles away); William J. Johnston Jr. (approx. 2 miles away); American Revolution
Dual CHL Markers for #168 Oak of the Golden Dream and #172 Pioneer Oil Refinery image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers
2. Dual CHL Markers for #168 Oak of the Golden Dream and #172 Pioneer Oil Refinery
(approx. 2 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 2.1 miles away); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 2.2 miles away); End of an Era (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edison House (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker shares a base with Pioneer Oil Refinery - 3 Miles marker.
 
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.
 
Oak of the Golden Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 8, 2019
3. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers image. Click for full size.
California Historical Landmarks (1973)
4. Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers
These two markers ("Pioneer Oil Refinery - 2 Miles" and "Oak of the Golden Dream - 3 Miles") were once located at the site of the "Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass" marker at 22580 Sierra Highway, Newhall CA 91321 (34° 20.528′ N, 118° 30.571′ W) but have now gone missing.
Oak of the Golden Dream image. Click for more information.
June 9, 2009
5. Oak of the Golden Dream
Located on the Heritage Trail at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Park. A short walk from the upper parking area near entrance to Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,165 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on August 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.   3. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on June 20, 2009. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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