1,000 Year-Old Tunnel Tree Falls by Storm



After more than 1,000 years of standing tall in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California, the iconic “Pioneer Cabin, giant sequoia is no more,’’ stated mnn.com.

The tree recently allowed motorists to pass through a tunnel carved into its trunk, it was toppled on the ground January 8, 2017 by a powerful storm that swept through the state of California over the weekend, according to nytimes.com.

On Sunday, January 8, 2017. A volunteer at the state park reported that the Pioneer Cabin had not survived. “The storm was just too much for it,” The Calaveras Big Tree Association wrote on Facebook, stated npr.org.

“The iconic and still living tree-the tunnel tree-enchanted many visitors,’’ officials for the park wrote on Facebook, according to mnn.com.

The Pioneer Cabin Tree received its iconic tunnel in 1880, when the land surrounding it was private and the owner was eager to boost tourism. The massive opening in the 32-foot-wide diameter trunk was carved into an existing fire scar, reported mnn.com.

Pioneer Cabin Tree