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Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

White Oak

Quercus Alba

 
 
White Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
1. White Oak Marker
Inscription. This “Bicentennial Oak” survived initial forest clearing to make way for the state capital development in 1812. In 1888 the tree became the hallmark of the most beautiful woodland boulevard in America, when William G. Deshler paid to have trees planted along Broad Street.

By 1922, traffic accidents, increased polution, and Dutch elm disease killed off most of the trees. The Bicentennial Oak has grown through two centuries of changes, from settlers moving across Ohio, to the age of automobiles and electric streetlights, to modern digital times. Analysts estimate the tree ismore than 200 years old. A probable lightning strike destroyed the central leader, or top of the tree, preventing further upward growth.
 
Erected by the Franklin Park Conservatory. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Location. 39° 58.013′ N, 82° 57.529′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on East Broad Street (U.S. 40) just east of Franklin Park West Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War! – “It Is All Hell” (about 500 feet
White Oak Marker and Stump image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
2. White Oak Marker and Stump
away, measured in a direct line); Asians in the American Civil War (about 700 feet away); Mount Vernon Community School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Formerly Maryland Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mount Vernon Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Engine House 11 (approx. one mile away); Second Baptist Church / James P. Poindexter (approx. one mile away); Camp Bushnell (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding White Oak. The tree did not survive a harsh winter storm early in 2009 and had to be cut down and carted away. The stump and the marker remain.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
The Remains of the Bicentennial Oak at Franklin Park in Columbus image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 20, 2009
3. The Remains of the Bicentennial Oak at Franklin Park in Columbus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on November 29, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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