Ancient Burr Oak tree in Merillville Indiana dies

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Ancient Burr Oak tree in Merillville Indiana dies

Post by edfrank » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:15 am

Ancient tree in Indiana dies, will be cut down
Burr oak in Merrillville is at least 500-years-old and possibly even 800

http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-ancient ... 7723.story
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11:06 a.m. CDT, September 30, 2011
MERRILLVILLE, Ind.—
An ancient tree in Indiana, so beautiful it was once photographed by National Geographic, is being cut down.

This burr oak in Merrillville is at least 500-years-old and possibly even 800. But something caused it to die and now it has to be removed. National Geographic published this beautiful image of it back in 1955. Indiana state officials hope after the tree is cut down, they will be able to determine its exact age and why it died.
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Re: Ancient Burr Oak tree in Merillville Indiana dies

Post by Larry Tucei » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:36 pm

To bad about that great Burr Oak, it would be interesting to get an accurate ring count. I bet its no where near the 500-800 year old estimation. More like 300.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sectio ... id=8374584

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Re: Ancient Burr Oak tree in Merillville Indiana dies

Post by edfrank » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:38 am

Larry,

Thanks for posting a link - I forgot the url in the original post. I went back and added one. There are a bunch of copies of the story out there, but most have the same text.


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Here are links with a little more story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 0017.story

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... 0cc83.html


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Re: Ancient Burr Oak tree in Merillville Indiana dies

Post by James Parton » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:56 am

Even ancient ones must eventually die. I hope they give it a just memorial.
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