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September 13, 2005

The Mythic Giant Forests of the West


In the 1840s, the fable of the giant sequoias was not to be believed. They were too tall. Too big around. The whole thing was as crazy as waterfalls that fell upwards... or solid gold mountains (which, believe it or not, were were some of the other tall-tales going around at the time).

So began a logical (and profitable) effort to prove the all the sequoia naysayers wrong, by cutting down the majestic trees and carrying them back East, where everyone could see just how real (and giant) they actually were.

The The General Noble Tree House (above) was one of these trees. It existed as gardener's shed on Washington's Capitol Mall until the 1930s.

More info at:
Fall of the Forest Monarchs – The Union

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