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

The Old Oak Tree

The Old Oak Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, June 16, 2022
1. The Old Oak Tree Marker
Inscription.  This magnificent Valley Oak, Quercus lobato, is estimated to date as far back as the 1600s. This tree is a Designated Heritage Resource that continues to thrive alongside the San Ramon Creek and still drops acorns as it did long ago. The Bay Miwok Tatcan Indians who lived here depended on acorns as a main part of their diet.

Located neat the heart of downtown Danville, the Old Oak Tree has become the symbol of the Town. For many years this tree has been used for a yellow ribbon tradition and to post birthday and graduation signs. It is around this tree that our community comes together to sing, honor and celebrate the holiday season at the annual Town of Danville Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Erected 2019 by Danville Heritage Resource Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 37° 49.37′ N, 121° 59.833′ W. Marker is in Danville, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Diablo Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker is less than 200
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feet west of the tree. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville CA 94526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cohen-Vecki House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Danville Grammar School (about 500 feet away); The Grange and Fraternal Hall (1874) (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Danville, 1875 (about 500 feet away); Cooley House (about 600 feet away); Tatcan Bay Miwok Indians (about 600 feet away); Eugene O'Neill (about 700 feet away); Eugene O'Neill: The Nobel Prize (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
The Old Oak Tree image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, June 16, 2022
2. The Old Oak Tree
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 140 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 4, 2023