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Near Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mountain Charlie Big Tree

 
 
Mountain Charlie Big Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 12, 2012
1. Mountain Charlie Big Tree Marker
Inscription. Named for Charles Henry “Mountain Charlie” McKiernan, who was one of the first white settlers in the Santa Cruz Mountain area. One of the largest trees of its species, this Sequoia sempervirens was originally over 300 feet high. The tree stands today at 260 feet from the ground, having been broken off in a storm years ago. It is 18 feet in diameter at the base, 60 feet in circumference, and over 5 feet in diameter at the top. In 1880 when Mountain Charlie began to timber this area, he planned to cut both the big tree, known then as “King of the Forest.” And the “Queen,” whose stump remains as a testimony to that grand tree. Problems with the “Queen” changed that decision and the “King” still stands today as it has for over a thousand years.
 
Erected 1984 by E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850. (Marker Number POHI-005.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 7.02′ N, 121° 59.252′ W. Marker is near Scotts Valley, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Glenwood Drive and Main Boulevard. Touch for map. This marker
Mountain Charlie Big Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 12, 2012
2. Mountain Charlie Big Tree Marker
is a short walk, unmarked, from the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4508 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley CA 95066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Martin Winery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glenwood (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mountain Charlie Bear Fight (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mountain Charlies Cabin (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mountain Charlie Road (approx. 1.9 miles away); Patchen (approx. 2.3 miles away); Scott House (approx. 5 miles away); Lexington Reservoir County Park (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotts Valley.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Mountain Charlie Big Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 12, 2012
3. Mountain Charlie Big Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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