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It's a shame

March 12th, 2016 at 02:13 pm

It's not mine. Supposedly it is for progress. But it is a shame nonetheless.



I shot this photo last June. That's my husband standing in front of this beautiful Burr Oak. It had been on his family's property. There was a twin at one time, but it died. Yet this majestic tree has been standing tall and proud.

Not for long, apparently. A developer said he has to cut it down for a fire line for the new hotel he's putting up.

An arborist thinks this tree is between 200 to 300 years old and was probably mature with Abraham Lincoln rode the circuit through Macon County and Central Illinois.

My husband and I were married under this tree and its twin. Last summer we renewed our vows under it (with permission from the land owner).

It's sad that progress often kills natural beauty. As I said, it's a shame.

7 Responses to “It's a shame”

  1. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    How pretty.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That is a shame! I was just at a Habitat for Humanity lot and the lot next door had a tree probably twice the size of the one in your picture. Luckily the city has respect for it. They will not allow a new structure to be built under it. Once the house in front of the tree is torn down it will be a turned into a neighborhood park.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    A park is a good idea.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's too bad. Frown

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I hate to see big old trees cut down.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    How horrible! That tree is magnificent. A true shame indeed. I cant imagine there wasn't some way that developer could have saved it.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    If people protested the loss of such a magnificent tree that's a part of so much of your personal history, I am sure there is a way to save. Don't accept what the developer said! It's gorgeous.

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