California's Iconic Tunnel  Tree Giant Sequoia Is No More
After more than 100 years the tunnel tree is no more

The Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunneled through in the 1880s. It has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old.Since it was first hollowed out in imitation of Yosemite’s Wawona Tunnel Tree, thousands of tourists and vehicles have passed through the sequoia. The Wawona tree was killed by the process and later fell during a storm in the 1960s, but the Pioneer Cabin Tree clung on, showing signs of life well into the 21st century.“The pioneer cabin tree was chosen because of its extremely wide base and large fire scar,” wrote park interpretive specialist Wendy Harrison in 1990

. “A few branches bearing green foliage tell us that this tree is still managing to survive.”


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