#168:  Oak of the Golden Dream

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Placerita Canyon State and County Park, Placerita Canyon Rd, 4.6 mi NE of Newhall, 2nd Plaque: SE corner I-5 and Lyons Ave, Newhall

Plaque 1 and site: 34.37704,-118.471322
Plaque 2: 34.378306,-118.563871




State Plaque



From the plaque at the site:

Francisco López 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 strike at Sutter's Mill by six years.

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.

From the plaque at the freeway:

In Placeritas Canyon, March 1842, Francisco Lopez Y Arballo, while gathering wild onions from around an old oak, discovered gold particles clinging to the roots of the bulbs. It is estimated that $80,000 in gold was discovered as a result of this discovery.

Department of Public Works - Division of Highways.

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