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Chico in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hooker Oak

 
 
Hooker Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
1. Hooker Oak Marker
The Oak was named by Annie Bidwell in 1887.
Inscription. The massive and majestic Hooker Oak, which occupied this site, was named in honor of renowned British Botanist Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. The Hooker Oak was acclaimed to be the largest Valley Oak in the world before it fell on May 1, 1977.

Age 326 Years
Height 105 Feet
Perimeter 481 Feet
Longest Limb 112 Feet
Trunk Circumference 28 Feet
Area Under The Tree 18,000 Sq. Feet

Preservation of the Hooker Oak Tree Stump, the Children’s Play Area and the Bidwell Park Guide Map are in memory of

Elmer Brouillard
1953 ̶ Chico Fire Chief ̶ 1977

1986-1987 Chico Rotary Club Project

 
Erected 1987 by Chico Rotary Club. (Marker Number 313.)
 
Location. 39° 45.591′ N, 121° 47.861′ W. Marker is in Chico, California, in Butte County. Marker is on Manzanita Avenue east of Hooker Oak Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located just north of the parking area at Lower Bidwell Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1927 Manzanita Avenue, Chico CA 95926, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chico Elks Lodge No. 423 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Chico Forestry Station and Nursery
Sir Joseph Hooker Oak image. Click for full size.
By Julian Parel, circa 1952
2. Sir Joseph Hooker Oak
(approx. 1.2 miles away); United States Submarine Crews Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Chico Cemetery G.A.R. Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); General John and Annie K. Bidwell Gravesite (approx. 2.7 miles away); Rancho Del Arroyo Chico (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Life and Times of John Bidwell (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chico.
 
More about this marker. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.313 on July 12, 1939.
Statement of Significance:
In 1887 Annie E. K. Bidwell named this huge oak after English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker. When it fell during a windstorm in 1977, it was estimated to be over a thousand years old - it was nearly a hundred feet tall and 29 feet in circumference eight feet from the ground. The largest branch measured 111 feet from trunk to tip - circumference of outside branches was nearly five hundred feet.
 
Also see . . .  The Hooker Oak.
Hooker Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
3. Hooker Oak Marker
The oak stump can be seen at the circle walkway above the marker in this photo.
Wikipedia Article with information and additional photos. (Submitted on April 10, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryNotable Places
 
Hooker Oak Stump and Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
4. Hooker Oak Stump and Plaque
Plaque Located at the Foot of the Oak Stump image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
5. Plaque Located at the Foot of the Oak Stump
Hooker Oak
Named in 1887 by
Annie E. K. Bidwell
In honor of
Sir Joseph Hooker
Presented by the
Chico Horticultural Society
Hooker Oak Stump image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
6. Hooker Oak Stump
Hooker Oak image. Click for full size.
By Mike Roberts Studios, Berkeley, Ca., circa 1950's
7. Hooker Oak
Postcard description reads:
Hooker Oak,
Chico, California
This huge oak stands in Bidwell Park and was named for the eminent botanist, Sir Joseph Hooker. The height is 110 feet, circumference of trunk, 28 feet and the branches spread 150 feet.
Sir Joseph Hooker Oak image. Click for full size.
H.S. Crocker Co.,Inc.-S.F., Ca, Published by Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca.
8. Sir Joseph Hooker Oak
Postcard description reads:
This historic old giant is estimated to be 1000 years old, is 98 feet high, 28 feet in circumference and has a spread of 153 feet. It is located in beautiful Bidwell Park at Chico, California.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,940 times since then and 88 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on January 12, 2015, by Marylyn Parel of Los Angeles, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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