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Tree That Owns Itself (Alabama)

The Tree That Owns Itself is an oak tree in Eufaula, Alabama.[1] A tree in the same location was given its freedom by E. H. Graves, the mayor of Eufaula, in 1935. Confederate soldier Captain John A. Walker previously owned the land that the tree is on, so the original tree was known as the Walker Oak. The deed also named the tree as the Post Oak Tree.[1] The original Walker Oak was destroyed in 1961 after it was hit by a tornado, and a new tree was planted by the International Paper Company to replace it.[2] An iron sign was affixed to the railings surrounding the new tree; at some point after 1961, the word "Post" was removed from the sign and it was then known only as Oak Tree.[2] The new tree was subsequently replaced again, but each replacement tree has been given the deed to the land.[3][4]

The Tree That Owns Itself
The Tree That Owns Itself is located in Alabama
The Tree That Owns Itself
The Tree That Owns Itself
SpeciesPost oak (Quercus stellata)
Coordinates31°53′54″N 85°08′46″W / 31.89833°N 85.14611°W / 31.89833; -85.14611Coordinates: 31°53′54″N 85°08′46″W / 31.89833°N 85.14611°W / 31.89833; -85.14611
Date felledApril 9, 1961 (1961-04-09) (since replaced)
CustodianItself

DeedEdit

In 1935, former mayor of Eufaula, E. H. Graves record a deed giving the tree ownership of itself, including its roots, branches and trunk. It reads:

I. E. H. Graves, as Mayor of the City of Eufaula, do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the ‘Post Oak Tree,” not as an individual, partnership nor corporation, but as a creation and gift of the Almighty, standing in our midst—to itself—to have and to hold itself, its branches, limbs, trunk and roots so long as it shall live.

— E. H. Graves [2]

All replacement trees have also been given the deed to their land.[3][4]

PlaqueEdit

There is a large plaque on the fence surrounding the tree. It reads:[2][5]

THE TREE THAT OWNS ITSELF
Planted and dedicated
April 19, 1961
Replacing the Walker Oak
Felled by wind April 9, 1961
Original deed granted by
CITY OF EUFAULA
To the
[POST] OAK TREE
April 8, 1936
"ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE"
Replacement by International Paper Company

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The WPA Guide to Alabama: The Camellia State. Trinity University Press. 2013. p. 359. ISBN 9781595342010.
  2. ^ a b c d Causey, Donna R. "An oak tree in Eufaula, Alabama officially owns itself – here is why – Alabama Pioneers". www.alabamapioneers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  3. ^ a b Mom0ja. "The Tree That Owns Itself". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  4. ^ a b Kazek, Kelly. "Tree that owns itself in Georgia? Check. In Alabama? Check. Bucket list complete". AL.com. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  5. ^ Tom Scott, The Other Tree That Owns Itself, retrieved 2018-12-05

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