Above are some typical views of The General Sherman and his neighborhood during the touristic summer season.
Tourists at the “General Sherman”
Source of above pictures: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees/giantsequoia/biggest_tree_in_the_world/
BEFORE THE FALL OF THE “GENERAL SHERMAN”
An 1899 tourist group enjoys the pleasure of a respite under the Cabin Tree:
TWO DAYS BEFORE THE FALL [Source: National Public Radio (NPR)]
And after the huge Winter storm in California on Sunday, January 8, the majestic “General Marshall”, which had grown and lived in what would become California’s Calaveras Big Trees State Park for a hundred generations, fell under the power of SHE that gave, and took – Nature.
We lost an old friend today. The Pioneer Cabin Tree, or drive-thru tree, succumbed to nature and toppled.
Jim Allday, a volunteer working at the park, said the tree fell on Sunday afternoon and shattered when it hit the ground. He said the trail around it was flooded because of recent rain. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
Though gone, “The Drive Thru Tree” “General Sherman” lives on not only in the hearts of those that tended and loved it like Jim Allday and millions of tourists from all over the world but in its images that will continue to enthrall and awe generations through the ages.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017. 3:44 p.m. [GMT]