Big Tree Tour 2017 Thank You

Big Tree Tour 2017 Thank You

Mother nature cooperated and the predicted storms held off long enough to complete our spring Tree Tour. Over 20 people spent the day visiting some of the most notable trees in the region. Some were historic, some were really big and some were just odd! Local arborist Wes Culwell designed the tour stops and had a wealth of information on each tree visited. The day started with a stop at a giant post oak tree where Sam Houston camped while traveling through North Texas and ended with a live oak in Lake Worth that was saved from destruction when the highway was expanded. This tree is currently being cared for by a group of local patrons! Also thanks to the City of Grand Prairie for providing vans and drivers for transporting the tour participants.

Courtney Blevins, CF, CA

Texas A&M Forest Service

Ft. Worth Regional Forester

Big Tree Tour

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Tour of Famous Trees of North Texas

April 29, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fort Worth Heritage Trees and Big Champion Trees
Tour Guide Courtney Blevins, CF, CA -Wes Culwell, BCMA


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9:45 Sam Houston Campsite Oak, FToT, 1842.  Grapevine Springs Park in Coppell.  Here, Republic of Texas President Sam Houston negotiated with about a dozen Indian tribes and forged the first treaty between the Rep. of TX and the Indians.    Great tree and the flare looks like a huge garlic bulb.  Wonderful rolling hills park with multiple springs and rock work done by the WPA. ON SITE: Parkinson Diary of the event, Jesse Chisholm influence.

10:40 Parker Oaks, FToT, 1855.  Along Hwy10 just east of E820.  The trees overlook the Trinity River and located next to the Parker Family Cemetery.  The dogtrot house that sat here, the Isaac Parker Cabin, is the oldest structure in Tarrant County, about 1845, and is now located at Log Cabin Village.

ON SITE: Log Cabin Village book that has a photo showing our two trees off the front corner of the house.  Cynthia Ann Parker came here after her recapture.  Will tell her story when here.

11:20 Traders Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1849, Henry Clay Daggett and Archibald Franklin Leonard built a log cabin trading post, Fort Worth’s first, below this tree.  It was located 1 mile from the fort so they could do business with the military. Tarrant County’s first election (1850) was held below this tree and Birdville was chosen as the county seat and built a courthouse.

ON SITE:  How Fort Worth became the county seat.

12:50 Turners Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1866.  Texas Rangers Captain Charles Turner was one of the five men Sam Houston chose to determine the location of the new Fort, Fort Worth.  Capt. Turner was a founding father of Fort Worth and settled where Greenwood Cemetery is today.  He became the beef quartermaster in the Civil War and coordinated with local ranchers to provide beef for the soldiers.  He was asked to convert his gold into Confederate currency.  Instead, he hid his gold beneath this tree and used it for Ft. Worth reconstruction after the war.

2:00 Tannahill Oak, FToT, FWHT, 1854.  Two story rock dogtrot with walls 20” thick from stones gathered on the property, 1874. The home is still occupied.  Post Office.  County Judge during the Civil War.  First stagecoach stop west of FW and along the world’s longest stagecoach route in the world in the late 1870’s.  The canopy is much smaller than normal.  Appears a bad tornado broke off many of the major limbs many years ago.  Cavities were filled with mortar which resulted in huge swellings where the limbs once were.  Very interesting tree and the house isn’t too bad either.  ON SITE: Tree wounds with mortar, exterior house viewing.

2:45 State Champion Black Willow, FWHT, This tree became state champion a few years ago when the current champion(White Rock Lake) suffered severe storm damage and was removed.

3:10 Civilian Conservation Corps Post Oaks, FWHT’s, 1934-1937.  The “Tree Planters” planted over 3 billion trees.  They built 800 state parks in the US, 48 in Texas.  They developed four national forests in Texas: Davy Crockett, Angelina, Sam Houston and Sabine.  There are three trees, two with some incredible galls up and down the trunk.  Rock memorial with an overhead photo showing the camp layout.  The base of the water tower and the flagpole area can be seen onsite.

ON SITE: Memorial, Camp Layout, tree galls.

3:45 Charbonneau Live Oak at 199 and Azle Ave., no official designations. This tree enjoys more notoriety than any tree in the area.  Mr. William F. Charbonneau (1900-1965) was a very generous man and donated the land for all Lake Worth Schools and most of the churches.  He was a Harvard Law School graduate and raised Percheron horses, large draft type horses.

ON SITE: Viewing of this incredible tree

Return to the parking area by 4:15-4:30