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Uploaded 04/05/2024

Old Glory | History Moment

In 2003, the community was fighting to keep an estimated 400-year-old Oak tree alive. Housing developers wanted to remove it for the widening of Pico Canyon Road to increase traffic flow for the upcoming Newhall Ranch Development. John Quigley wasn’t going to let that happen and spent 71 days sitting in the tree.

Ultimately he was removed, but this resulted in the community and developers reaching an agreement. The tree was moved a quarter mile down the road to Pico Canyon Park. Its massive branch span of 104 feet and height of 58 feet was not an easy task for movers. The move once held a Guinness world record for the largest tree to be transplanted.

Thanks to the efforts of John Quigley, city council members, and residents, the tree still stands today showcasing its complicated journey of survival, but also its perseverance and beauty through the process of life.

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