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Mammoth Oak: 1900

Mammoth Oak: 1900

Circa 1900. "The Mammoth Oak at Pass Christian, Mississippi." Plus a surrey with the fringe on top. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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Gone but not forgotten

Mr. Google reveals many similar giants in this gulfside community. Many are hundreds of years old and regularly withstand hurricanes. Local houses aren't always so lucky (Katrina did a number on the area, for example).

This particular specimen (located at 2nd and Seal Streets) apparently died in the 1950s, but Second Street has another dozen or so, all protected by local statute.

Sadly gone

Sadly the Mammoth Oak died in the 1950s of old age. Or, as I prefer to think of it, arboreal senility.

Live Oak

Long gone, of course, but was it possibly where War Memorial Park is now situated? Some smaller and younger specimens appear to rim the park now.

At least the park fits the description of a large, vacant lot, off the main road.

Pride of the Place

From the The International, An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Travel and Literature.

The International, July 1900.

From Mobile to New Orleans

… Pass Christian, the next stop, is considered by many to be the gem in the collection of coast resorts, probably because there are several large and modern hotels and the fashionable public seeking ease and comfort can find all these requirements. Every one goes to "the Pass," while comparatively few stop at the other places. There is a broad shell road six miles in length facing the water and back in the country there is a tangled woods, the pirate Lafitte's old stamping ground, so they say. …

A magnificent old live oak, the pride of the place, stands off of the main road in a large vacant lot. Its branches cover 132 feet by actual measurement.

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