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The Awakening of Paredon Blanco Under a California Sun.
(Or, A Lopez Family Who's Who and What's What.)


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The author's father was Francisco "Chico" Lopez (1820-1900), a prominent Southern California landowner from whom is derived "Chicalopes," an early name for the Vasquez Rocks area. One of Chico Lopez's properties was a stock ranch near Elizabeth Lake where another Chico — Chico Vasquez, the law-abiding brother of Tiburcio — was Lopez's ranch foreman.

Chico Lopez was related to but should not be confused with the less well-to-do Francisco Lopez (b. 1802, d.?) who discovered gold in Placerita Canyon in 1842 and whose exploits after the 1840s are unknown. The latter supposedly died a pauper and is rumored to have been buried an unmarked grave in parts unknown.

The author, Francisca Lopez de Belderrain, was "Gold" Francisco's great-grandniece.

Paredon Blanco is the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.


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GOLD CATEGORIES:
• California Gold
• Lopez Discovery
• Placerita Post-Lopez
• San Francisquito
• Oak/Dream Dedication 1930
• Oak/Dream

LOPEZ GOLD DISCOVERY

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New York Observer 10-1-1842

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U.S. Treasury Voucher 1843

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Abel Stearns Letter 1867

MISSION RECORDS:
LOPEZ FAMILY

Francisco Lopez
• Baptism 1802


Pedro Lopez (Brother)
• Baptism 1805


Maria Felis (Wife)
• Baptism 1800


Maria Concepcion (Daughter)
• Baptism 1823
• Death 1825


Francisco Ramon (Son)
• Baptism 1825


Catalina (Pedro's Daughter)
• Baptism 1831


Francisco Garcia's Story 1896


Francisco "Chico" Lopez Obituary 1900


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As Told by Jose Jesus Lopez

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Sutter's Fort Error 1905

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Prudhomme 1922

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Engelhardt 1927

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Francisca Lopez de Belderrain

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Who's Who, by Belderrain

• Story: Sutter, Marshall Knew They Weren't First


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Dissecting the Dream: Fact, Fiction & the Golden Oak, by Alan Pollack

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