History of the Centennial Praying Oak Tree.

Menzies, J. F.

Published by Privately Published, San Fernando, CA, 1943
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11" 8.75". Eight typed pages, bracket bound in a binder, plus a 1pp. hand written letter from the author. Paper clip stain along the top edges, else near fine condition. A history of this odd shaped tree which grew in an 's' shape. Signed by the author on the final leaf. The text of the letter presents the booklet to the Troutdale Chamber of Commerce. With two actual photographs tipped in. Th tree sprouted on the Capt. James Menzies ranch [known as Sandy Ranch and later, the Sun Dial Ranch] on the banks of the Columbia River. In J1876 the river flooded and the young tree was inundated, a log washing under its trunk and another falling on top of it. When the two logs rotted away, the oak tree's trunk had grown into a reclining 'S' shape. It became a favorite meeting spot for the community, and was known variously over the years as the Arch Oak, the Camel Back Tree, and (most beguilingly) Lover's Oak (referring to its use as a trysting spot). Locals saved the tree from destruction during construction of the airport, and later when an aluminum plant was built nearby, public efforts to retain the tree caught the attention of Ripley's Believe It or Not, which featured the odd oak in its newspaper column. During WW II the tree was placed on military restriction and patriotic sentiment redubbed it the Praying Tree. The tree fell victim to the Columbus Day storm in 1962. Bookseller Inventory # 12602

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Title: History of the Centennial Praying Oak Tree.

Publisher: Privately Published, San Fernando, CA

Publication Date: 1943

Binding: Paperback

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