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1,000-Year-Old ‘Big Tree’ in Texas Has Withstood Hurricanes, Fires and Floods

If you seek for one of the oldest historical monuments in the state of Texas, then you’ll need a trip to Rockport. Here is one of the oldest trees in the whole state, “The Big Tree.”

North of Corpus Christi is placed in Goose Island, State Park. Texans visit this place often to enjoy the outer activities such as fishing and hiking. As one of the most attractive sight in this park is The Big Tree. This tree is one of the biggest live oak trees in the United States and is approximately 1,000 years old.

Year by year, this old tree could resist anything. In 2011, firefighters had to stream a huge amount of water on the tree during a shattering drought. But The Big Tree made to survive.

Texas Parks and Wildlife apart from reporting, that following the tragical demolition of Hurricane Harvey aside the Gulf Coast, The Big Tree was unharmed. In fact, Texas Monthly reports that the tree resisted over 40 hurricanes. That’s Texas strength.

As stated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, The Big Tree is 44 feet tall, while its trunk is over 35 feet in circumference.

The Big Tree was called the State Champion Coastal Live Oak in 1966, which later was uncrowned by the San Bernard Oak on the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. This Tree technically is not the oldest live oak in Texas — this privilege belongs to a tree near Brazoria County. Therefore, we have a sense that ‘The Big Tree’ is yet the Texans’ favorite.

A plaque at the tree, written by John E. Williams, let visitors know of The Big Tree’s inheritance.

“Welcome to my home.

I am a live oak tree and I am very old. I have seen spring return more than a thousand times. I can remember hundreds of hurricanes, most I’d rather forget, but I withstood. There was a big fire once. I hate fires.

Around me are my offspring. We are an old-dune woodland community. We provide shelter and acorns for squirrels, jays, raccoons, bobwhite, deer, javelina, and most other members of our community.

For most of my life, I belonged only to myself. Now I belong to you, or so I’m told. Humpf! Branch breakers and root tramplers the lot of you.

Some years ago someone came and patched my cracks, trimmed my dead branches, killed my pests and healed my fungus rots. Was that you? I’m feeling much better, thank you.

I am tired now. You may leave me in peace when you are ready to go. Please leave my home as you found it. I have important things to do. The seasons are changing again and I must get ready.”


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