California’s Iconic ‘Tunnel Tree’ Sequoia Toppled

By Evonne Ermey

Californians are mourning an iconic natural landmark this week. Severe storms brought heavy rain and wind enough to topple the “Tunnel Tree,” so named for the path carved through it’s massive trunk.

A popular tourist attraction, the passageway through the trees trunk was large enough for people and even vehicles to pass through.

Stereoscopic view of a bearded man as he sits on a folding chair at the base of the Pioneer's Cabin Tree, in a Giant Sequoia forest near Arnold, California, mid ninteenth century. The image was published by E. & H.T. Anthony. A tunnel was cut through the base of the tree in the 1880s and the entire area was later designated as Calavaras Big Trees State Park. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Stereoscopic view of a bearded man as he sits on a folding chair at the base of the Pioneer’s Cabin Tree, in a Giant Sequoia forest near Arnold, California, mid ninteenth century.  A tunnel was cut through the base of the tree in the 1880s and the entire area was later designated as Calavaras Big Trees State Park. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Also known as the “Pioneer Cabin Tree” the tree was ancient, The Los Angeles Times reports trees in this area of Calaveras Big Trees Park are more than 1,000 years old. It is unclear how old this particular tree was, though Sequoias can live to be more than 3,000 years old.

 

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