You’ve probably seen this tree on your television screen, in commercials or in tv shows, talking about the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is the tree with a tunnel big enough to fit a car through it. Thanks to the latest winter storm hitting the area, the iconic tree has finally fallen.
The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia tree which can reach upwards of 250 feet and considered one of the tallest tree species on earth, had a tunnel constructed through it in 1880. Despite the mass removal of its trunk it was a still living tree and was estimated to be over 1000 years old. The combination of high rainfalls and floods made for an unfavorable footing for the strongest winter storm in a decade.
The Calaveras Big Trees Association broke the news on Facebook with the following post:
The rain and floods may have played a big part in the tree’s demise, but we can’t help and think the giant tunnel also had something to do with it.