Placerita Canyon State Park
Placerita Canyon was occupied by the Tataviam Native American people and was part included in the 1842 Mexican land grant was issued for Rancho San Francisco. The park preserves the site of the first documented discovery of gold in California, in 1842, in wild onion roots pulled from under the "Oak of the Golden Dream".
- The "Oak of the Golden Dream" is California Historical Landmark #168.
Located in the transition zone between the San Gabriel Mountains' California chaparral and woodlands Ecosystem, and the Mojave's Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome in the California Floristic Province, the Placerita Canyon Flora is complex. Placerita Canyon State Park is in the east-west trending Placerita Canyon, containing sandstone formations, seasonal streams and riparian Coast live oak woodlands, along with willows, cottonwoods and native California sycamore trees.
Placerita Canyon State Park is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California. The Park contains a Nature Center, the Walker Cabin (a restored and furnished cabin of the 1920s), and hiking and nature trails.
Placerita Canyon State Park is currently managed by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.
- Rancho San Francisco
- Disney—Golden Oak Ranch
- Monogram Movie Ranch/Melody Ranch
- California Floristic Province
- Native American history of California
- "Placerita Canyon State Park". Retrieved 31 May 2009.
-  www.melodyranchstudio. 'Melody Ranch Studio Museum.' Retrieved 5/15/2010.
-  oxy.edu Monogram-Melody Ranch. Retrieved 5/15/2010
- Leon Worden. "'Melody Ranch: Movie Magic in Placerita Canyon'". Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Retrieved 2003-03-29.
- http://www.placerita.org/ www.placerita.org "Placerita Canyon Nature Center." Retrieved 5/11/2010.
- "Placerita Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center". Retrieved 31 May 2009.
- Official Placerita Canyon State Park website.
- Placerita Canyon Nature Center website.
- Placerita Canyon Flora (Plants List)
- California's REAL First Gold
- Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society website
- Melody Ranch Studio Museum
- City of Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
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