Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Tahoe City’s “Big Tree”
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 39° 10.289′ N, 120° 8.406′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from North Lake Boulevard (State Highway 28) west of Grove Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at Heritage Plaza next to the Watson Cabin Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoe City.
1. Part of the Original Tree
I was visiting Tahoe City when they where doing the "Big Tree” Sculpture and
— Submitted August 20, 2012, by Al Mueller of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,903 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.