pioneer cabin

I like dreaming about being a pioneer and building this cabin years ago, following the river for the first time, no idea of what’s ahead. What a view to wake up to every morning right?

“Pioneer’s Cabin”

Historical Trees - California
Series: Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897 - ca. 1980Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 - 2008

California’s “Pioneer Cabin” tree, which came down in a storm this past weekend. (H/T to @californiastatelibrary)

Photos of more Historical California Trees from the Forest Service in the @usnatarchives‘ online Catalog.


An iconic giant sequoia tree in California’s Sierra Nevada that was hollowed out for cars to drive through was toppled Sunday by a powerful winter storm slamming the state.

The Pioneer Cabin Tree, which may have been more than 1,000 years old, stood in California’s Calaveras County and was a popular attraction at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where it was known by many as simply the “tunnel tree.”

“This iconic and still living tree — the tunnel tree — enchanted many visitors,” the Calaveras Big Trees Association said in a Facebook post. “The storm was just too much for it.”

The giant sequoia, the world’s largest tree, is found only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can reach a height of 325 feet. Visitors were able to drive through the tunnel of the Pioneer Cabin Tree after it was hollowed out in the 1880s, but in recent years it was only accessible by hiking trail.

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