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Near Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Tree

 
 
Big Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
1. Big Tree Marker
Inscription.  This is the third 16 ft. section from the largest Tulip tree in Michigan. When this tree was blown down in May of 1984, it was approximately 300 yrs old and over 225 ft. tall.
 
Location. 42° 0.677′ N, 85° 57.694′ W. Marker is near Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker can be reached from Marcellus Highway 0.4 miles west of Gards Prairie Road. Marker is located in Fred Russ Forest Park at the south end of the parking lot; above directions are to the entrance to the park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20379 Marcellus Highway, Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dowagiac River Watershed / Lunker Structures (within shouting distance of this marker); Newton House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pickett's Corner (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cass County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Underground Railway (approx. 6.4 miles away); Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial
Big Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
2. Big Tree Marker
Located at the south end of the parking lot
(approx. 6.7 miles away); Decatur Township Hall (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dowagiac.
 
Regarding Big Tree. The downed tulip tree and its stump may be seen from the park's Big Tree Loop trail.
 
Additional comments.
1. The Tulip Tree and the Council Oak
I am 93 years old.I grew up in South Bend. The two most memorable trees of my childhood were the tulip tree in Newton's Woods and the Council Oak in Riverview Cemetery at LaSalle's Landing, Portage, Indiana. Both are now gone, but they carry many memories.
    — Submitted April 2, 2019, by Philip C. Ellsworth of Cedaredge, Colorado.

 
Categories. Environment
 
The Big Tree image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
3. The Big Tree
A 16-foot section of the largest Tulip tree in Michigan
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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