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Kaukauna, Wisconsin

This Big One

The remnants of this Douglas fir predate Columbus's arrival in North America.  

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Currently displayed in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, this Douglas fir was cut down after standing for 586 years. In total, the fir grew to a considerable circumference of 34 feet 8 inches, a dilatant diameter of almost 13 feet, and a head-spinning height of 238 feet.

The fir is believed to have come from Tacoma, Washington and was on display at the entrance to the Menasha Corporation in Wisconsin until 1969. Not long after, the Army Corp of Engineers transported the tree north by barge along the Fox River to its current home, Kaukauna Lock No. 4. It resides directly across from the historical Grignon Mansion.

This Big One was just 133 years young when Columbus arrived in America.

Know Before You Go

This landmark is viewable year-round, however, if you are planning a visit, check out the hours for Grignon Mansion across the street for an entertaining journey back in time.

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