Winter storms topple iconic ‘Pioneer Cabin’ tree

High winds and winter storms in Northern California have toppled the iconic ‘Pioneer Cabin’ tunnel tree, one of the most famous “drive-through” trees in the state.

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In the 1880s, the tree was hollowed out by a private land owner, so that tourists could pass through it. The tree was chosen in part because it bore a large forest fire scar.

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Like Yosemite’s Wawona Tree, which it emulated, tunneling severely damaged it. For many years, automobiles drove through it as part of the “Big Trees Trail”.

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Over the years, the tree became a popular tourist attraction among California’s “Big Trees” wilderness.

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On January 8th, strong winter storms toppled the tree, shattering on impact.

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