Here it is folks, the amazing “Auto Log”! Drive up onto the log, pause to relish the spectacle, back down off the log… simpler times I suppose.
This is a log cabin in the truest sense, situated within a fallen giant redwood tree in the Sequoia National Forest. The cabin was made by Hal Tharp in 1858 to serve as shelter while his cattle grazed in the area. The interior of the “cabin” is eight feet high and 56 and a half feet long.
A giant redwood in Humboldt State Redwood Park. On the back:
This giant is more than 1,200 years old, and is about 12 feet in diameter. These Redwood trees are among the tallest in the world.
A 1930s-era car passing through the Wawona Tree in the Mariposa Big Tree Grove. You can see two other views of cars going through the tree here.
A very durable redwood stump, dating back to 571 B.C. It’s curious that the location of this stump isn’t referenced.
Here’s a real photo postcard showing the base of The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park. It is currently the largest living tree in the world (by volume, not height), and estimated to be 2,300–2,700 years old.
The “Grandmother Tree” in Big Basin, California. On the back: “This tree is hollow at the base. A bear was killed in this tree about 1900.”
This real photo postcard shows the height of the world’s tallest tree, all 364 feet of it.
Dating from the 1920s, this postcard shows the “Big Tree Club House” at Santa Cruz, California. On the back, besides some big tree statistics, one can find a little club house info:
M. C. HOPKINS AND SON
ROOMS AND BOARD
Big Tree Club House, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Postmarked in 1911, this postcard shows two lumberjacks posing with a big redwood tree they’re cutting down. Can you imagine, two men with axes whittling away at a tree of that size? Makes my back hurt just thinking about it!