Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The California tree that hid a great story and was mourned by an entire community

Man has lived on planet Earth for thousands of years, in which he has installed in different areas, Thus, his mark and impact is undeniable. They are a reflection of history and natural places are no exception. Some have witnessed events that were recorded and continue to this day, as is the case with a tree located in California, which Amidst all that is left hides some memories.

This specimen, once a great oak, was declared a historical-cultural monument in 1963. by the Cultural Heritage Board and the Municipal Department of the Arts of the City of Los Angeles. Since then, any lover of plants and nature can come here to know about the historical facts hidden in its roots.

As explained by the organization Historical Marker Database (HMdb)the monument is located in Encino County, especially on Lewis Avenue south of Ventura Boulevard, There is easy access for visitors as it is adjacent to the Birmingham Army Hospital.

Plaque Of Lang Oak, Taken By Craig Baker In January 2021
Plaque of Lang Oak, taken by Craig Baker in January 2021www.hmdb.org

Encino Oak Tree, also known as Lang Oak, It was a species of Quercus agrifolia, A thousand year old live oak. For context, when this was just a plant, the Maya Empire in Central America was crumbling and the Vikings plundered English sea towns, as described by Los Angeles Times,

Even when the oak was 700 years old, it looked portola campaign, Introduced in 1769 by the Spanish, who came to explore and colonize Alta California. ,It is said that Gaspar de Portola camped here. In 1769. The community of Encino took its name from the Spanish word used to call an oak,” the organization explained in a document updated in October this year.

It was not until a major storm on February 7, 1998 that the oak, already weak and diseased, fell due to strong wind, The Encino community mourned the loss and there were people who He tried to take some branches to preserve as valuable Memorial, However, the Los Angeles police stopped it: “It was out of control,” reported an officer. Times those days. “It is sad to see two policemen taking to the road look at a tree,

The Remains After The Fall Of Lang Oak In 1998
The remains after the fall of Lang Oak in 1998

l lang oak It had some branches that extended up to 45.72 metres; Its trunk was 2.4 meters in diameter, with perimeter of 7.3 meters, In its heyday, it was a popular tourist destination for tourists and students from nearby schools: “Going to the tree was like going to a forest,” recalled HMDB.

L Lang Oak In 1992
L Lang Oak in 1992www.hmdb.org

Some black-and-white photos taken by photographer Will Campbell in 1992 can still be found on the organization’s website, It dried up six years ago. Now, only the root remains, but its visitors remain fascinated by the history and surrounding trees.

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