Storm Knocks Down Iconic 'Drive-Through' Tree

January 9, 2017

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An iconic giant sequoia located in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Arnold, California was knocked over during a storm this weekend. The Pioneer Cabin Tree (aka a drive-through tree) toppled around 2PM on Sunday during heavy wind and rain. Well, I guess I can cross that off my bucket list.

In the 1880s, the Pioneer Cabin Tree was hollowed out so cars could drive through it.


Jim Allday, a volunteer at the park, told SF Gate that the tree "shattered" as soon as it hit the ground.

"We lost an old friend today. The Pioneer Cabin Tree, or drive-thru tree, succumbed to nature and toppled," he wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

I mean, sure, it succumbed to nature and toppled. i don't think it was JUST nature though, I imagine that gigantic hole probably had something to do with it as well. Trees generally frown on gigantic holes being cut through them, and the Ents have gone to war for much less. Back me up, Treebeard. Treebeard? "Treebeard isn't real, he's a fictional character from Lord Of The Rings." Oh, right, I forgot. Seriously though Treebeard where you at?!

Keep going for three shots of the aftermath.

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Thanks to Allyson S, who informed me she's actually walked through the tree before. Wow, nobody likes a braggard, Allyson.

  • Aw sad. I've seen this tree in real life. :-(

  • teenygozer

    OMG, I remember seeing a picture of that tree in Life magazine when I was just a tiny little kid and asking my mother if that hole was hurting the tree and if it might fall down!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Smart kid. You were just a little too late thought (since the hole was carved in the 1800s.

    Granted it was bound to fall sooner or later.

  • teenygozer

    Heh, you don't know how old I am! I could be tiny and wrinkled and ancient!

  • GeneralDisorder

    If you were born in the 1800s then you're the oldest living human on the planet. Or you're some kind of alien or turtle.

  • teenygozer

    "Nobody knows if you're a dog on the internet." Also, alien or turtle.

  • GeneralDisorder

    But you're picture is a cat. Then again my picture is a early 2000s unimpressive subwoofer.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Wrong continent. If it was a hollowed out baobab tree then you'd be on to something.

  • Props for posting the whole thing.

  • Andyman7714

    There were cars in 1880?

  • rether

    Is that a real question or you be trollin?

  • Andyman7714

    Let me rephrase, were cars prevalent enough to consider boring a hole through a tree for them?

  • James Mcelroy

    sadness. I thought 2016 sucked ass, but 2017 is not starting off on the right foot.

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