1 Nov 2015

The Wawona Tree- Historic Photos Since Its Tunnel was Formed Until Falling (23 Pics)

The Wawona Tree is the popular giant sequoia that stood tall in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park.  It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 90 ft (27 m) in circumference.  In 1881, two men, the Scribner brothers, were paid  $75 (equivalent to $1,833 in 2015) to cut a tunnel through the tree.

Since then, the Wawona Tree Tunnel became immensely popular and a huge tourist attraction for more than a half century, until the giant tree fell in 1969 under an estimated two-ton load of snow on its crown.  The Wawona tree is estimated to  have been 2,300 years old.

The below photo collection shows the Wawona Tree tunnel since the beginning to its very end.
.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

                            President Theodore Roosevelt is in this group visiting, 1903

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

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1903

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

                                                                  The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1918

The Wawona Tree, 1921

The Wawona Tree, ca. 1920s

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

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1939

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1946

A group of servicemen, 1943

                                                              The Wawona Tree’s tunnel, 1949

The Wawona Tree, ca. 1950s

The Wawona Tree, July 4, 1954

                                                               The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1956

The Wawona Tree’s tunnel, September, 1962

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1962

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, 1962

The Wawona Tunnel Tree, September 1962

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


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