general sherman giant sequoia

FACT #114:

Where is the biggest tree in the world?

Originally posted by the-flying-elephant

The General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on earth.

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Happy 125th to Sequoia National Park, established on September 25, 1890!

These vintage 1930s scenes of Sequoia National Park come from Glacier National Park/Lassen National Park/Sequoia National Park, a color-tinted film reel featuring tours of Glacier National Park in Montana and California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park and Sequoia National Park.

This footage was recently treated by colleagues in the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab. Read more about their efforts in working with vintage color tinted films at:  Colorful Chemistry and a Visit to Your National Parks | The Unwritten Record

Watch the complete film at the usnatarchives YouTube Channel. The Sequoia National Park footage begins at approximately 7:06:

Sequoia National Park is jointly administered with neighboring Kings Canyon National Park, which also celebrated its 75th Anniversary earlier this year!

Learn about more Anniversary Events at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, from the National Park Service.

Happy Arbor Day & National Parks Week!

Tourists visit the legendary “General Sherman” giant sequoia tree in Sequoia National Park, circa 1938.

Excerpted from “Sequoia National Park, 1938

From the series: Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, 1916 - 1976

Where’s your favorite tree? And what’s your favorite National Park?