Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damaged

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Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damaged

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:51 pm

Has this news been posted yet on the ENTS forum? I couldn't find anything.

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2011/aug/02/ ... ar-656809/

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/04/138986482 ... k-industry

Even made the TMZ news of all places:

http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/01/shawshank ... torm-ohio/


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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:01 am

Alas.

That movie is a classic. I'm not surprised people would be interested in this story.

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:24 am

To bad about the tree. Is it a White Oak? Larry

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Rand » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:54 pm

Crimeny I've been by there probably a dozen times over the years and never realized what it was (It's a frequently used bicycle race course and the park has beautiful fall foliage)

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:07 pm

Larry Tucei wrote:Is it a White Oak?
I looked around a bit but couldn't find a mention of its specific species.
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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by edfrank » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:09 pm

Guys,

It looks like most of the reports all use the same source and quotes. I also could not find a species reference, but this still from a video shows the base of the tree:
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It sure looks like a white oak to me.

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Rand » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:54 pm

I was by there this weekend and got some higher res pictures of the poor specimen and can confirm it is indeed a white oak:
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The tree sits roughy 100 yards off the road at the peak of a short spur (I suspect the filming occurred on the back side of the spur). The half dozen 'No trespassing' signs strewn along the 300 yard length of the roadside fence made the ignorance defense a little weak so I stayed on the legal side of the fence. Still a zoom lens erases a great many evils:
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And the hollow:
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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Larry Tucei » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:41 pm

Thanks Randy for sharing that info., did you find any more boxes of money near the wall? Would that be nice! Larry

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Rand » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:09 am

Larry Tucei wrote:Thanks Randy for sharing that info., did you find any more boxes of money near the wall? Would that be nice! Larry
Shhhhh!!!! It was hidden in the hollow..

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Re: Oak tree featured in "Shawshank Redemption" badly damage

Post by Rand » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:49 pm

The inevitable end:
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Five years ago, lightning hit the oak and some of the tree was damaged. Jodie Snavely with the Mansfield & Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the rest of the tree fell Friday due to high winds. "It's a sad day for Shawshank fans," she said.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/22/entertain ... index.html

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