CALAVERAS COUNTY (CBS13) — Sunday’s storm has claimed an iconic Calaveras County tree.
The Pioneer Cabin tree, known for having a hole that allowed visitors to drive or walk underneath it, was toppled by the storm, the Calaveras Big Trees Association posted on Facebook.
Park rangers said the historic tree fell around 2 p.m. Sunday and shattered upon impact. It’s believed the tree’s shallow roots may have caused the collapse.
The hole in the tree was cut in the 1880s at the request of James Sperry, founder of the Murphys Hotel, to compete with nearby Yosemite’s drive-through trees.