A Magnificent "Stump"
The Chicago Stump. I'm a fascinated by this tree/stump/relic because of its tragic history and what it said about us as resource managers and what our culture values then and now. When living this giant sequoia was called "The General Noble Tree." What could possibly possess us to reduce a tree so named, so valued as to give it a name, to a "stump." Seems all we needed was the desire to share it with the world in Chicago in 1893. For a touch of irony, General Noble, became the Secretary of Interior (1889-1893) and it was Noble who, in 1890, helped create the General Grant National Park (later Kings Canyon), and enacted legislation that protected the General Grant tree and surrounding giant sequoias.
The felling of the giant tree was described by Hubert Howe Bancroft:
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