Famous ‘tunnel tree’ felled by rain

SACRAMENTO – One of the most famous trees in the United States collapsed after heavy rain storms.

The Pioneer Cabin tree has fallen! This iconic and still living tree – the tunnel tree – enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it.

The huge Seqoia in Calaveras Big Trees Nature Park was a popular destination for tourists because a tunnel was made by the tribe. The hole was so big that a car could drive through and was carved 137 years ago.

Another photo from this morning at the Pioneer Cabin Tree shows the #21 sign that goes with the trail guide, along with the huge roots that were yanked out the ground. The tree will most likely remain where it fell, providing habitat for many creatures and slowly decomposing to improve the soil for future sequoias. Photo’s by Claudia Beymer

The last storm, the worst in a decade in the area, the more than thousand year old tree was eventually fatal, the park announced on Facebook.

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