Huge Cedar Stump near I-5 north of Seattle Washington

The following text is from the sign near this big Cedar stump…

Big Cedar Stump

This famous stump remains as evidence of the giant trees which once forested this aea. Over 20 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall, the huge “Western Redcedar” is believed to have been more than 1000 years old. Discovered by early settlers of the area, the following is a resume of its recorded history:

1893 – the stump was killed by a fire which started in its hollow base.

1916 – After the top was removed, Paul Wangsmo and Ole Rodway cut and chopped three spines from the core and cut archways through the stump.

1922 – After cutting the stump off at its base, Ole Reinseth and Slim Husby used horse teams to drag it north 150 yards where it was set on a concrete base.

1939 – the stump, by now cracked, was taken apart and pieced back together just north of portage creek, alongside the newly completed U.S. 99. One May 27, crown prince Olav and princess Martha of Norway drove through the stump.

1971 – The stump´s final move braught it here.

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