“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’ia$ha (We-awsh-ah). The great oak is a member of the wi’ia$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 Luiseño friends for centuries.
Erected by The Pechanga Band (tribe) of Luiseno Indians.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans.
Location. 33° 26.502′ N, 117° 5.559′ W. Marker is in Temecula, California, in Riverside County. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Temecula CA 92590, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wolf Store (approx. 2.6 miles away); Treaty of Temecula
The Great Oak image. Click for full size.
August 8, 2010
2. The Great Oak
With a human next to it for scale.
(approx. 2.6 miles away); 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. 5½ miles away); Santa Rosa Rancho (approx. 11.3 miles away); Jacob Bergman (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Temecula.
More about this marker. 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.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,211 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2010. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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