Roy's Postcards: 1987/05/23


We visited this fascinating tree. You can look right out the top of it.

Postcard front:


Postcard back:

CHIMNEY TREE. With its birth dating to about 500 A.D., this giant of the forest survived a fire in the early 1900's and was topped by a storm to become a shelter for hunters and travelers with its natural venting for a camp fire. It was open to the public in 1943. Circumference is 50.4' and the room inside is approximately 9' x 12'. The Chimney Tree is located on the Avenue of the Giants just south of Phillipsville, California.

Photo by Bob von Normann

Leonard's comments:

It was a simpler time.

Imagine being a tree, getting gutted by a fire, and then having humans set up a shelter inside of because you've now got "natural venting for a camp fire."

See also: california

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