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August 29, 2015

The Wawona Tree: Historic Photos Since Its Tunnel Was Formed Until Falling

Wawona Tree was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 90 ft (27 m) in circumference. A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881.

The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under an estimated two ton load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old.

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, ca. 1880s

Norwegian-American artist Chris Jorgensen painting the tree, 1894

Horse-drawn wagon driving through the Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1902

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1903

Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1903

President Theodore Roosevelt is in this group visiting, 1903

President William Howard Taft (hat off in carriage) visited the Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1909

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1918

The Wawona Tree, ca. 1920s

The Wawona Tree, 1921

 Passing through the Wawona Tree's tunnel, ca. 1930s

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1939

A group of servicemen, 1943

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1946

The Wawona Tree's tunnel, 1949

The Wawona Tree, ca. 1950s

The Wawona Tree, July 4, 1954

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1956

 The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1960

The Wawona Tree's tunnel, September, 1962

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, September 1962

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1962

The remains of the Wawona Tunnel Tree following its collapse, 1969



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