Monday, June 25, 2007

No. 38 - Founders' Oak

Founders' Oak

Founders’ Oak
Original Location: Haverford Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Antioch Street – map
Declared: 3/25/66

This 300-year-old Coast Live Oak was cut down on August 15, 1975, a victim of, well, death. On removal day, the community of Pacific Palisades did what any arboristically-inclined Southern California community would – it held a wake, complete with wine, cheese, and live music.

Los Angeles designated the Quercus agrifolia a Historic-Cultural Monument because it was under/around this tree that folks gathered on January 14, 1922, to select Palisades lots for sale.

The photograph is from the city's Department of Planning website.

Up next: Lewis House

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