Another example of history in our backyards:
According to some this is the place where the history of modern California began – at Verdugo Adobe in present day Glendale.
The preliminary talks to the actual peace treaty (signed two days later) which ended the war between the US and Mexico were held under an oak tree, later called “The Oak of Peace” or “El Roble de la Paz.” Interestingly enough two brothers were involved in those talks about surrender of the Mexicans to the U.S. forces under the command of John Fremont: Jesus Pico, acting on behalf of the U.S. government and Andres Pico, commander of the Mexican Army.
The tree itself isn’t there any longer – in 1987 it had to be taken down due to root rot.
Well, at least it did not get chopped down for firewood or to make room for an office building.