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Placerita Canyon

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VIDEO: History of Placerita Canyon State Park & Nature Center with Ron Kraus • SCVTV 6-8-2014.

VIDEO: Placerita Canyon Nature Center Tour with Philip Scorza & Jessica Nikolai • SCVTV 10-14-2013.

50-Year Operating Agreement, Placerita Canyon State Park - Approved by L.A. County Supervisors 3-20-2012.

A Comparison of Tataviam Ethnobotany at Vasquez Rocks and Placerita Canyon by Sarah Brewer Thompson • 1-19-2014

LW2181 - Lopez Gold Discovery in New York Newspaper, 10-1-1842.

Abel Stearns Tells of Lopez 1842 Gold Discovery; No Mention of Dream in Santa Cruz Sentinel • 8-27-1885.

U.S. Treasury Voucher for California (Placerita) Gold Deposit, 6-8-1843 in Overland Monthly • 5-1892.

California's REAL First Gold by Leon Worden • COINage magazine, October 2005

California Gold: The F. Lopez Discovery by Leon Worden • The Signal, January 1996

New Information About First Gold Discovery by Leon Worden • The Signal, 8-14-1996

Historian Questions Date of Lopez Gold Discovery by J.M. Guinn • Historical Society of So. Cal., 1895.

Placerita Canyon: Much Treasure, Some History by Eleanor Quigley • L.A. Herald Illustrated Magazine, 2-9-1902.

The Walker Family of Placerita Canyon (Comprehensive History) by Leigh Nicolai-Moon • Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates, 2002.

A Golden Legacy: The Walker Family of Placerita Canyon by Norinne De Gal • The Signal, 2-20-2000

Placerita White Oil: Occurrence of Oil in Metamorphic Rocks in San Gabriel Mountains Brown & Kew 1932

L.A. County Geologic Report on Placerita White Oil (Oil Possibilities in the vicinity of Placerita Canyon County Park), 10-3-1974

A Crude Wonder: Placerita White Oil by Norinne De Gal • The Signal, 2-20-2000

Joseph Reynier & Family, SCV Pioneers by George Starbuck • January 2002

Placerita Gold: Sutter and Marshall Knew They Weren't the First by Leon Worden • Valley Living, April 2006

Origins of Placerita Canyon Nature Center Assocates by Diane Klein • The Rattler, Nov.-Dec. 2006

Disney ABC Studios Draft EIR: Historic & Paleontological Resources, 5-2012

1940 Census: Walker Family *Right-click to download

1940 Census: Walker Family Neighbors *Right-click to download

1940 Census Questionnaire

Frances Walker Murder: Newhall Cop's Wife Slays 'Other Woman,' Gets Away With It San Diego Union, 10-6-1935

Berry Petroleum Co. 2011 Annual Report (4.1MB .pdf)


GS0000 - George Starbuck's Walker Family Collection.

GS3001 - "Cap" Harmon's Gold Mining Sluice, 1890s-1900s.

LW2203 - Generic Woodcut of a Gold Sluicing Operation.

LW2257 - Placerita White Oil Gusher, 2 Views, 1900.

GS2015 - Herman Mosher's oil well and boiler in Placerita Canyon, early 1900s.

LW2551 - Error Postcard: Sutter's Fort (Sutter's Mill) as "First" Calif. Gold Discovery Site, 1905.

AP1912 - Frances Phillips, SCV's First Car Owner, Driving in Placerita Canyon, 1910.

GS0200 - Walker Homestead, ca. 1910s..

ST1101 - White Oil Wells & Rails, 1911.

LW2323 - Quigley Canyon? Corral in "The Last Roundup" (1929).

AP9011 - Francisca Lopez de Belderrain's Affidavit Re: Gold Discovery Site, 2-23-1930.

AP9010 - Frank Walker's Affidavit Re: Gold Discovery Site, 3-1-1930.

LW2575 - Program & Correspondence from A. Rivera to Frank Walker Re: Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication, 1930 (& 1934).

AP9012 - Adolfo G. Rivera's Speech at Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication, 3-9-1930.

AP9014 - Sen. Reginaldo F. Del Valle's Speech at Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication, 3-9-1930.

AP9013 - Judge A.B. Perkins' Speech at Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication, 3-9-1930.

AP1407 - Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication, 3-9-1930.

AP0510 - Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication: Plaque Bolted to Tree, 3-9-1930.

AP0512 - Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication: Lopez Plaque Before & After Theft, 3-9-1930.

SW3001 - Oak of the Golden Dream Dedication | Van Nuys News Coverage, 4-25-1930.

LW2219 - Film Set, Placerita Canyon, early 1930s.

GS3601 - Frank Walker's Buffalo, ca. 1936.

LW2516 - Lobby Card: Buck Jones at Walker Cabin in "Black Aces" (Universal 1937).

LW2045 - Brochure for Walker's Placerita Gold Panning Camp, pre-1938.

Plane Crash Near Newhall Kills 2 • The Signal, 1-14-1937

DS3701-2 - Boeing 247 Crash on Mt. Piñetos, 1-12-1937.

AL1938 - William S. Hart and Andy Jauregui, Jauregui Ranch, Placerita Canyon, 1938. 228K.

Jack Benny in "Buck Benny Rides Again" (Paramount 1940). Partially Placerita Canyon. Full Movie.

Letter from Mesa Dobson to A.B. Perkins Re: Creation of Placerita State Park 1940s.

LW2242 - Lobby Card, "Lawless Code," showing Walker Cabin, 1949.

AL1959 - Oil Wells and Los Angeles Aqueduct, Placerita Canyon, 1940s-50s.

CC5901 - Placerita State Park Dedication (2 Views), 1959.

LW2217 - Oak of the Golden Dream, Color Postcard, ca. 1963.

LW2352 - 1842/1948 Oak of the Golden Dream Medal (3 Varieties).

AL1969 - Canadian Club Whiskey Advertisement in New Yorker Magazine, Jauregui Ranch, Placerita Canyon, 2-22-1969.

LW2409 - Martha Mitchell at Dedication of Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 11-10-1971.

RK7701 - Map: Sonny & Cher Bono's Placerita Canyon Property, ca. 1977.

LW2155 - "The Dukes of Hazzard" Television Series in Placerita Canyon (2 Views), 1979-1985.

GT9802 - Woman Rescued from Placerita Creek during El Nino Storm, 2-23-1998.

SG0904 - Oak of the Golden Dream (2 Views), 9-18-2004.

EM1101 - Diner Set Constrution, Disney Golden Oak Ranch Business District Sets. 4 Views, 2011.

RK052312 - Disney's Golden Oak Ranch Sets. Multiple Views, 5-23-2012 ff.

LW2256 - Placerita White Oil Seep. Multiple Views, 6-2-2012.

RK0713 - Neighbor Plugs the Unique Placerita White Oil Seep, 2 Views, 7-5-2013.

LW2502 - Los Angeles Aqueduct in Placerita Canyon, 2 Views, 10-13-2013.

LW2408 - 1971 Nature Study Center Plaque at Placerita Canyon State Park, 8-2013.

PK1301 - Ceremonial Key to the Placerita Canyon Nature Center (from 11-10-1971), 2013.

RK1301 - New Footbridge & Signage at Canyon Trail Oil Seep, Placerita Park, 12-2013.

Gallery - Marine Fossils, Newhall Creek (Placerita Canyon area), 7 Views, Collected 2014.

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