|Judge William Waldo planted a giant sequoia sapling on his Oregon property in 1872. He liked it so much that when he later sold his land to the town of Salem, he made it promise never to harm the tree. Salem agreed, and under pressure made the tree and the dirt around it a park in 1936 -- but Salem probably wishes that it hadn't.
The town has grown into a city much faster than a giant sequoia grows into a giant sequoia. "Waldo Park" -- all 12 by 20 feet of it -- is now a traffic hazard, reducing Summer Street from four lanes to three just to get around it. The tree currently stands over 80 feet tall, but giant sequoias reach heights of hundreds of feet, and can live for over a thousand years. This is one attraction that promises to stick around for a long time.
(From Roadside America)|
Location: Salem, OR
Category: Parks / Green Spaces / Cemeteries
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