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Iconic ‘Pioneer Cabin’ Tree in California Toppled By Storm

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A bit of unfortunate news from the Calaveras Big Trees State Park — the Pioneer Cabin Tree is no more.

Famous for its hollowed out trunk large enough to let cars pass through it, the Pioneer Cabin Tree has fallen. A casualty of recent storms on the West Coast, the tree fell in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 100-miles southeast of Sacramento.

According to the park’s Facebook page, the tree is still alive (thank goodness), despite its untimely toppling. “This iconic and still living tree – the tunnel tree – enchanted many visitors.”

Unfortunately, the heavy rain and winds from recent storms up and down the West Coast were simply too much. While the tree’s exact age and height were unknown, its 33-foot trunk was hollowed out in the 1880s. Many of the trees in Calaveras Big Trees State Park are believed to be over 1,000 years old.

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Upon the creation of automobiles, cars could make safe passage beneath the Pioneer Cabin Tree. Recently, however, the pathway underneath the massive sequoia was accessible to pedestrians only.

Jim Allday, a park volunteer, found the collapsed tree this past Sunday following the major storms that pummeled California. Strong winds, torrential downpour, 60-mph winds, and snow crushed the northern part of the state over the weekend.

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