California Historical Landmarks In Oakland

Landmark # 970 - Rainbow Trout Species Identified

Description: The naming of the Rainbow Trout species was based on fish taken from the San Leandro Creek drainage. In 1855, Dr. W. P. Gibbons, founder of the California Academy of Sciences, was given three specimens obtained from the creek. He described and assigned them the scientific name Salmo iridia. Rainbow Trout are now worldwide in distribution and are a highly prized game fish.

Location: 50 yards past Redwood Gate entrance kiosk, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland


Additional Resources

Web sites related to this landmark along with websites with information about rainbow trout are listed below if you would like to do further research.

Photo of historical plaque

General Information About Rainbow Trout''


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