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."