California rains fell historic Giant Sequoia redwood tree

California rains fell historic Giant Sequoia redwood tree
Tree down. (Image: Via SF Chronicle, courtesy park volunteer Jim Allday)

[Ed. – Yes, it was one of the several hollowed-out “drive-through” trees in Northern California.  (There’s more than one.)  This one was hollowed out in the 1880s and was thought to be the first to be hollowed out so tourists could go through its base.  A sad ending for a noble tree.]

The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former “drive-through” giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California’s weekend storms.

The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it, and even allowed cars, but more recently has hosted only hikers. It was part of the “Big Trees Trail” at the state park.

Jim Allday of Arnold is a volunteer at the park who was working there Sunday. He said the tree went down about 2 p.m. and “shattered” on impact.

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