The Eastern California Museum received its largest donation of the year so far on Wednesday when members of the Inyo County Road Department delivered a huge slab of the historic Roosevelt Tree.
The historical tree stood for over 100 years at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Highway 168 East, at the Veteran’s Flag Monument.
At 14 inches thick and over four feet in diameter, the substantial cross section required a backhoe to maneuver into place near the south entrance of the museum.
Museum staff would like to express their deep gratitude to Inyo County Road Department members Dale Renfro, Herb Dyer, Norm Kane, John Kinney, and Brandon Nelson for their hard work in transporting the slab. And to the Big Pine Civic Club for their generosity in ensuring this piece of Owens Valley history is preserved.
Previous stories on KIBS/KBOV followed the multi-year attempts to save the tree, its ultimate death and removal, and the replacement of three trees representative of the area, for generations to come.