Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Oak of the Golden Dream
In 1839, the Mexican Government granted to Antonio del Valle some 48,000 acres of The Santa Clarita Valley known as the Del Valle Rancho.
On March 9, 1842, Francisco Lopez y Arbello, the brother-in-law of Antonio del Valle, visited the Rancho. While napping under a great oak tree, he dreamt that he was surrounded by gold and was very rich. Upon awaking, he picked a bunch of wild onions that were growing around some sycamore trees just north of the great oak tree. Attached to the onion roots were several small pieces of gold.
This discovery by Francisco Lopez y Arbello marked the first recorded discovery of gold in California.
The great oak tree became known as
“The Oak of the Golden Dream.”
Erected 1991 by Santa Clarita Valley Association of Realtors.
Location. 34° 22.697′ N, 118° 28.072′ W. Marker is in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Placerita Canyon Road. Touch for map. Marker and Oak are located on the Heritage Trail at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Park . A short hike from the upper parking area of the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Oak of the Golden Dream (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 1.4 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 2.5 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 2.5 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 2.5 miles away); Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass (approx. 3.5 miles away but has been reported missing); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); “The Cascades” (approx. 4.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
Regarding Oak of the Golden Dream. Also see "Nearby Marker" by the same name for additional information.
Also see . . . The Family History of Antonio del Valle. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 4,000 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.