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.

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