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Discovery and Exploitation

 
 
Discovery and Exploitation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
1. Discovery and Exploitation Marker
Inscription. You are not the first to explore these forests. Generations of Miwok and Washoe Indians knew these trees.

The rest of the world met the big trees in 1852 when hunter Augustus T. Dowd stumbled upon the North Grove. His discovery brought both acclaim and exploitation to these wonders of nature. Soon after his find, the bark of the massive Discovery Tree was stripped for exhibition and the tree felled. In 1856, a pavilion was constructed over the stump. A few years later, promoters built a saloon and bowling alley on the fallen trunk.

Many were horrified by the mistreatment of the ancient trees. People soon began a movement to preserve the giant sequoias.
 
Erected 2008 by California State Parks.
 
Location. 38° 16.726′ N, 120° 18.465′ W. Marker is in Arnold, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on Big Tree Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in front of the Visitor Center in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 1170 East Highway 4, Arnold CA 95223. Marker is at or near this postal address: Big Tree Parkway, Arnold CA 95223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California Big Trees State Park (about 500 feet away, measured
Discovery and Exploitation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
2. Discovery and Exploitation Marker
in a direct line); Hanging On By A Branch (approx. mile away); White Pines History (approx. 1.9 miles away); Doc S.C. Linebaugh Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Dorrington Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Board's Crossing (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sourgrass Bridge (approx. 5.7 miles away); Avery Hotel (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arnold.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Mammoth Arbor Vitae image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
3. Mammoth Arbor Vitae
Laphan's lithograph of the Discovery Tree
Discovery Stump and Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
4. Discovery Stump and Pavilion
You can get a sense of the size and scale of the Discovery Tree when you look at the outline on the plaza behind you.
Mother of the Forest image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
5. Mother of the Forest
Discovery Stump image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 28, 2016
6. Discovery Stump
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2016, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2016, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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