Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Big Oak Flat in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Big Oak Flat

 

—Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail —

 
Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail - Big Oak Flat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2006
1. Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail - Big Oak Flat Marker
Inscription. First called Savage Diggins after the man who discovered gold here, 1848. Renamed Big Oak Flat about 1850 after giant oak tree that stood in the center of town, near this spot. Oak, which was about 13 feet in diameter and was undermined in 1869 and burned in 1890. Pieces remain. Rich placer and lode mines are reported to have yielded $28,000,000 during heyday. Stone buildings erected 1852. Still standing in 1949.
 
Erected 1949 by the California Centennials Commission. The arch was provided by Boys Service Club, Sonora Union High School (April 3, 1949). (Marker Number 406.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 49.405′ N, 120° 15.48′ W. Marker is in Big Oak Flat, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 120 and School Street, on the right when traveling east on State Highway 120. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Oak Flat CA 95305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph E. Lemos (a few steps from this marker); Groveland (approx. 1.9 miles away); Iron Door Saloon
Big Oak Flat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2006
2. Big Oak Flat Marker
Note the pieces of the oak tree under the marker
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Groveland Hotel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Arrastra (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ferretti Shrine (approx. 3.4 miles away); Second Garrote (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stevens Bar Bridge (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Regarding Big Oak Flat. Stone buildings mentioned on marker is no longer there.

Pieces of the oak tree mentioned on marker are located in the barred area under the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Ghost Towns.Com. Big Oak Flat. (Submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Building in Big Oak Flat image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2006
3. Building in Big Oak Flat
Big Oak State Historic Landmark Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2006
4. Big Oak State Historic Landmark Directional Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement