Name: Oak of the Golden Dream
Site Number: #168
Date Visited: 10/25/2014
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 19152 Placerita Canyon Rd, Newhall, CA 91321
Coordinates34.377122,-118.4714684
Websitewww.placerita.org

Description: 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.