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Moon Tree

 
 
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
1. Moon Tree Marker
Inscription.
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens

This "Moon Tree" is a Coast Redwood grown from a seed that in January 1971 was carried to the moon and brought back to earth by Major Stuart Roosa, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 14.
The seed was planted and nurtured into a seedling at the United States Forest Service Genetics nursery in Placerville, California.
Planted here in July 1976 and dedicated to the: People of Monterey to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States of America for the enjoyment of all future generations by the California Division of Forestry and the Society of American Foresters
 
Location. 36° 35.872′ N, 121° 53.816′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Pacific Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in Friendly Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Pacific Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chestnut Tree (a few steps from this marker); Monterey History Time Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplain Walter Colton, U.S.N., 1787-1851 (within shouting
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
2. Moon Tree Marker
distance of this marker); The Great Seal of the State of California (within shouting distance of this marker); Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Larkin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa de la Torre (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional "Moon Tree" Markers
 
Also see . . .  The "Moon Trees". Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in small containers in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the "Moon Trees", the resulting
Moon Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
3. Moon Tree
seedlings were planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation's bicentennial in 1976) and the world. (Submitted on February 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Landing of Commodore John Drake Sloat Commemorative Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
4. Landing of Commodore John Drake Sloat Commemorative Tree
(This plaque is beneath another nearby Redwood Tree)
This Redwood tree planted July 4th, 1966 by Monterey History & Art Association in commemoration of the landing of Commodore John Drake Sloat at Monterey on July 7, 1846, and raising the American flag over the Custom House, formally taking possession of California for the United States.
Landing of Commodore John Drake Sloat Commemorative Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
5. Landing of Commodore John Drake Sloat Commemorative Tree
The George Washington Memorial Tree in Friendly Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
6. The George Washington Memorial Tree in Friendly Plaza
The plaque at the base of the tree reads:

George Washington
Memorial Tree

1732 - 1932
Planted by
Monterey Civic Club
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
7. Moon Tree Marker
Moon Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
8. Moon Tree Marker
The Monument Beneath the Moon Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
9. The Monument Beneath the Moon Tree
(On this monument is inscribed the poem Monterey.)

Monterey

In the mantle of old traditions,
In the rime of a vanished day,
The shrouded and silent city
Sits by her crescent bay.

The ruined fort on the hilltop
Where never a bunting streams
looks down, a cannonless fortress
On the solemn city of dreams.

Gardens of wonderful roses,
Climbing o’er roof and wall,
Woodbine and crimson geranium,
Hollyhocks , purple and tall.

Mingle their odorous breathings
With the crisp, salt breeze form the
Sands, where pebbles and sounding sea
Shells are gathered by children’s hands.

Women, with olive faces,
And liquid southern eye,
Dark as the forest berries
That grace the woods in July.

Tenderly train the roses,
Gathering here and there
A bud – the riches and rarest –
For a place in their long dark hair.

Feeble and garrulous old men
Tell, in the Spanish tongue
Of the good, grand times at the mission
And the hymns that the fathers sung;

Of the oil and the wine, and the plenty
And the dance in the twilight gray
(?) and the head shakes sadly
“were good time in Monterey”

Behind in the march of cities
The last in the eager stride
Of villages born the latest
She dreams by the ocean side.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   7, 8. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   9. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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