Newhall, California: Oak of the Golden Dream

Gold was found here first, in 1842, before California's great Gold Rush. One of several historical markers for the Golden Dream Oak.

Placerita Canyon Natural Area Park

Address:
19152 Placerita Canyon Rd, Newhall, CA
Directions:
California State Landmark No. 168, Placerita Canyon Rd. Placerita Canyon Natural Area Park west end of parking lot to Heritage Trail, short walk.
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Oak of the Golden Dream

There is an oak tree and park in Placerita Canyon, where it is said that GOLD was first discovered in California. Before Sutter's Mill! It is a State historical park and has a marker. It is located off the 14 fwy. on Placerita Canyon Road. Juan Francisco Lopez in 1842 was said to have fallen asleep under the oak tree. He woke up and pulled some wild onions from the ground and found some glittering gold in their roots. He had the gold tested in town and it confirmed that it was in fact real GOLD! California's first gold rush was under way.

[Abbe Gore, 01/03/1999]

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