Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Live Oak Tree at the Alamo

This is the famous Live Oak tree at the Alamo. This Live Oak was approximately forty years old when Whall brought it to the Alamo around 1912. The base of the century-old tree now measures twelve feet in circumference while its main branches are over fifty feet long. "In the early part of the twentieth century, many San Antonio residents believed it was impossible to transplant full-grown trees. Walter Whall—a retired English seamen—started San Antonio’s first tree moving company and proved it could be done. He carefully removed the earth from around the tree to be moved and then used a block and tackle to lift it out of the ground. They transported the mature trees through the streets on a wagon pulled by four mules."