The Lincoln Boundary Oak

 Until just a few years ago, a huge oak tree stood near the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. As this photo from about 1970 shows, it was a magnificent tree. For as long as it survived, the history marker stated: "This venerable white oak is the sole survivor of all that was living here at the time of Abraham Lincoln's birth, February 12, 1809. This tree was a landmark at the time the earliest settlers came to this region. It is mentioned as a boundary marker in the original 1805 survey of the tract that later became the Thomas Lincoln farm. The tree is six feet in diameter, about 90 feet tall, has a spread of 115 feet, and is estimated to be 300 years old."