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This is so sad to read. We were just there (and drove through) last spring. I guess it was just a matter of time after they cut so much out of it in the 1880s.


Giant Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ in California Is Toppled by Storm

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A giant ancient sequoia with a hollowed-out tunnel that drew thousands of visitors each year in California toppled over on Sunday during heavy rains, according to a nonprofit group.

The Pioneer Cabin tree was “barely alive,” according to a volunteer at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, about 90 miles east of Sacramento, and it was not immediately clear what would become of the sequoia.


http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/us/pi ... p=cur&_r=0

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Very sad day indeed. I dearly love the Redwood trees... Several Redwood trees fell over from the storms along Big Sur as well.

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I always planned to go there to see that tree.............guess it's not going to happen now. :(

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I drove through that tree back in the 60's. It is kind of like losing an old friend.


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This is really sad. Drove by through many times years ago.


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Sorry to hear of those redwoods coming down.
All the redwoods at Florissant in Teller County are now down and dead.



(They have been down and dead for around 34 million years now)


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Are they fossilized? I think my brothers had some, probably from your area.

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Are they fossilized? I think my brothers had some, probably from your area.

Yes, they had been buried by volcanic ash and the wood has been replaced by agate, cell by cell.


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