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Near 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.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
1. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
Inscription.  Francisco Lopez made California’s first authenticated gold discovery on March 9, 1842. While gathering wild onions near an oak tree in Placerita Canyon he found gold particles clinging to the roots of the bulbs. The San Fernando placers and nearby San Feliciano Canyon were worked by Sonoran miners using panning, sluicing and dry washing methods. Lopez’s find predated James Marshall’s strike at Sutter’s Mill by six years.

California Registered Historical Landmark No.168.
First registered March 6, 1935. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and Platrix Chapter No.2, E Clampus Vitus, November 15, 1992.

 
Erected 1992 by State Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, and Platrix Chapter No.2 E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 168.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLandmarks
Oak of the Golden Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
2. Oak of the Golden Dream Marker
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Natural ResourcesNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 9, 1942.
 
Location. 34° 22.62′ N, 118° 28.279′ W. Marker is near Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Placerita Canyon Road, 1˝ miles east of the Antelope Valley Freeway (California Route 14). The Marker and Oak are located on the Heritage Trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Park. Walk 0.3 miles west from the Nature Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, 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. A different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (a few steps from this marker); Oil in Placerita Canyon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Walker Cabin (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 1.2 miles away); Walker Ranch (approx. 1˝ miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 2.3 miles away);
Oak of the Golden Dream image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
3. Oak of the Golden Dream
Tunnel in background is on the Heritage Trail taking walkers under Placerita Canyon Road.
Eternal Valley (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oak of the Golden Dream. History accounts of California’s gold discovery mostly report James Marshall’s discovery at Sutter’s Mill, but few report the actual first discovery site. Six years earlier and 400 miles south of Sutter’s Mill, gold was discovered in Placerita Canyon, near Los Angeles. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. Oak of The Golden Dream Photo Set. Collection of Pictures of Placerita Canyon Nature Center, including pictures of the Oak of the Golden Dream and the Walker Historic Cabin. (Submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.) 

3. Trail Map and Parking. (Submitted on August 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
 
Oak of the Golden Dream image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 17, 2018
4. Oak of the Golden Dream
A new marker, at right, is in braille.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2009. This page has been viewed 2,393 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on August 5, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   4. submitted on June 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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May. 20, 2022