Sunday, June 01, 2008

Blog Your Blessings Sunday #31


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This is the last photo I took of our designated Heritage Tree that stood in front of the Carnige Library, now the Museum. just before it was removed because of a threat of falling.
I don't know how old it is but but in 1998 it was declared a Heritage Tree so maybe that means it was here when Captain Vancouver first arrived.


The previous 3 shots show it's extensive root growth and the reason it was about to topple over.

The upper limbs were twisted in their growth. CLICK to enlarge and see if better.
It's gone but the memory will always be there. . . I don't think I can walk past the old Carnegie Library (now the Museum) and "not see the Heritage Elm tree" out front. It has been a part of my life for 22 years but a part of Vancouver's history for a lot longer. They have planted a new Elm tree which I will get a photo of today and add it here. The good news is that there are plans to use part of the old Elm for a bench which will be placed by the new tree and hold the plaque awarded to it in 1998 so it looks like the Old Elm tree will always be a part of Vancouver's life. I can hardly wait for that to happen. I miss the old tree. What a blessing it has been to me since I first moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1985.

This is the new tree they planted to replace the one they took out. I have no idea if they saved any plant growth from the old tree or not. CLICK to enlarge to see the little tree there now.

11 comments:

RuneE said...

It seemed to be a magnificent tree, but what exactly is a heritage tree?

dot said...

Beautiful post Paulie! I hope the new one they planted will grown real fast so you can enjoy it too.
The new bench will be great for your bench blog!

Sue said...

What a lovely old tree she was :) I am happy you got some photos for remembrance, and I like the idea that the tree will be remembered via a bench were people may rest. Happy BYB Sunday Paulie!

CyberCelt said...

I am glad they will make a bench for the plaque. Did they take cuttings from it to plant? That is what they did for Anne Frank's tree.

We have a Treaty Oak in Austin. One time some sick SOB poisoned it. While it will never be the same proud oak, it was saved through prayer, chanting, water and love.

Nellie said...

Memories are ours to make of what we choose and how we wish. I have some that are worth a mint and not the candy mint.

SandyCarlson said...

How beautiful. Trees are amazing. God bless.

otilius said...

wow, cool tree! I bet it was tough to see it go.

RuneE said...

Me again! Thanks for telling me about the tree - a bit of local history is always of interest.

And I'll look forward to "later in the day"...

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

What a fantastic "Heritage Tree"... and a shame it couldn't last as was... but great that it will be back in some form or another.

The library... is that Carnegie as it Andrew Carnegie I assume? If so, we're fortunate to have not one, but two of the old existing libraries (granted, with major renovations done to them... but the core left intact,) within spitting distance of the homestead here ourselves!

Mike said...

That's a shame, it looks as if it has seen quite a bit! Beautiful.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great tree, i just love old looking trees specially when they have such a weird shape