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Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tahoe City’s “Big Tree”

 
 
Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
1. Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Marker
Inscription. For over 125 years a grand pine tree known as the “Big Tree” stood in the centerline of Highway 28 in the heart of Tahoe City.

In 1940 the Federated Women’s Club literally joined hands around the tree when the California Division of Highways’ road improvement plan threatened to fell it. Their protests won the right to preserve the “Big Tree” in perpetuity.

The Tahoe City Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tradition of decorating the “Big Tree” with lights began in 1947. Each year Santa handed out presents to local [inscription appears to be left off of marker, as wording just ends].

The health of the “Big Tree” declined over the years as blacktop pavement encroached under its drip-line and drivers accidentally ran into it. In 1994 the decision was made to cut down the dying tree.

Today, a part of the “Big Tree” lives on for all to enjoy in the form of a wooden public sculpture commissioned by the Tahoe City Rotary Club and carved by artist Randy Oertle.
 
Erected 2008 by Rotory Club of Tahoe City.
 
Location. 39° 10.289′ N, 120° 8.406′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be
Early Tahoe City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
2. Early Tahoe City Marker
The closest marker is the "Tahoe City's 'Big Tree'" marker, the center marker is "Tahoe City" and the far right marker is the "Early Tahoe City" marker.
reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 28) west of Grove Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at Heritage Plaza next to the Watson Cabin Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Tahoe City (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City (here, next to this marker); Tahoe City Begins, 1860 to 1895 (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Tourism, 1896 to 1926 (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific, 1926 to 1945 (a few steps from this marker); Post War, 1946 to 1955 (a few steps from this marker); Olympic Silver, 1956 to 1971 (a few steps from this marker); The Watson Cabin (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
Additional comments.
1. Part of the Original Tree
I was visiting Tahoe City when they where doing the "Big Tree” Sculpture and the artist gave me some pieces of the tree which I took home intending on making something for rememberance. The wood is still in my basement.
    — Submitted August 20, 2012, by Al Mueller of Jefferson City, Missouri.

 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Photo on left:
Big Tree, 1940 - C.W. Vernon Photo, L.V. Farr Collection.
Center Photo:
Big Tree with lights, 1949 - C.W. Vernon Photo, L.V. Farr Collection.
Top Photo:
Big Tree, 1960 - Briner Photo
Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Scultpure image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
4. Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Scultpure
Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
5. Tahoe City’s “Big Tree”
The Big Tree For over a hundred years, the heart of Tahoe City was marked by the magnificent "Big Tree" in the center of the road. After its passing in 1994, a section of the tree was preserved and this sculpture was commissioned. We are thankful to all the fiends whose generosity helped memorialize the Big Tree and Tahoe City's natural history,
Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 6, 2009
6. Tahoe City’s “Big Tree” Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,406 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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