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Fallen Oak Tree Was One of the Oldest in Henry Co.

June 4, 2008 - In 1993, when Lori Anderson purchased her home at the corner of McCullum and Main streets in Knightstown, the realtor proudly informed her that she was the owner of one of the largest, and oldest, trees in Henry County.

Department of Natural resources arborists estimated the giant oak tree could have been as old as 600 years.

Thanks to the storm that blew through Knightstown Friday night, that tree is history. So is Anderson's garage, part of her house, one truck, a car and a boat and trailer. The tree took them all out when it finally gave up its place in history.

"We had heard estimates that the tree was at least 300 years old," Anderson said..

Historic County Tree Fallen Young Kalen Carter plays at the base of a giant fallen oak on the southwest corner of Main and McCullum streets Saturday morning. The tree, one of Henry County's oldest oaks, blew over Friday night as a powerful thunderstorm, packing mighty winds, wreaked havoc on the Knightstown area. Carter is the grandson of Mark and Lori Anderson, who live on the property. (Eric Cox photo)

Thought to be Henry County's oldest tree, it lost the battle during the first wave of the storm, which toppled trees throughout the community. The oak tree had a circumference of more than nine feet, and still has not been removed.

"We're waiting on the insurance company," Anderson said as she glanced toward the mammoth trunk on top of her garage, and then sighed, "I loved that tree."

 

Read more here about the stormy weekend or view more photos of the
storm damage in this slideshow

 

 

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