Eufaula in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Tree That Owns Itself
Planned and Dedicated
April 19, 1961
Replacing the Walker Oak
Felled by Wind April 9, 1961
Original Deed Granted by
City of Eufaula
Post Oak Tree
April 8, 1936
"Only God Can Make a Tree"
Erected by the International Paper Company.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Trees marker series.
Location. 31° 53.903′ N, 85° 8.764′ W. Marker is in Eufaula, Alabama, in Barbour County. Marker is at the intersection of Cotton Avenue and Highland Avenue on Cotton Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 Cotton Avenue, Eufaula AL 36027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eufaula (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hart House (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Negro Cemetery / Fairview Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Honor of All World War II Veterans (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War I Doughboy Chief Eufaula (Yoholo Micco) (approx. half a mile away); Cotton and Creek Country (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eufaula.
Regarding The Tree That Owns Itself. For more than 200 years, the tree had stood in a yard that was owned by Confederate Capt. John A. Walker. In 1919 the oak tree withstood a tornado and later also survived a fire. The Eufaula Garden Club. in 1936, wanted to ensure the 65-foot-tall, 85-foot-wide, tree survived for another 200 years. A petition to the the city council asked then Alabama Lt. Gov. Charles S. McDowell to draw up a "deed of sentiment" to deed the tree to itself. A fence and marker were erected, but in 1961 the tree was felled by a tornado. Since then, the tree has been replaced several times.
Another "Tree that Owns Itself" is located in Athens, Georgia.
Also see . . . An oak tree in Eufaula, Alabama officially owns itself – here is why - Alabama Pioneers. (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.