California Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne County

California Historical Landmark 406
Big Oak Flat
State Route 120 (Milepost 30.2)
Big Oak Flat

California Historical Landmark #406: Big Oak Flat
17 December 2006
(Click the Photo to Read the Plaque)

Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
Big Oak Flat

First called Savage Diggins after man who discovered gold here, 1848. Renamed Big Oak Flat about 1850 after giant oak tree that stood in center of town, near this spot. Oak was about 13 feet in diameter and was undermined in 1869 and burned in 1890. Pieces remain. Rich placer and lode mines reported to have yielded $28,000,000 during heyday. Stone buildings erected 1852, still standing, 1949.

Historical Landmark No. 406

Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission
Aech provided by Boys Service Club Sonora Union Highway
Dedicated April 3, 1949

The remains of the big oak tree are preserved behind the iron bars.

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