Monday, March 1, 2010

General Grant, the second largest tree in the world

General Grant tree is the largest giant sequoia tree in the Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park. In 1867, it was named after Ulysses S. Grant, Union Army general and the 18th President of the United States (1869-1877). The sequoia tree was proclaimed the ‘Nation's Christmas Tree’ on April 28, 1926 by President Calvin Coolidge. On March 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the tree a ‘National Shrine’, a memorial to those who died in war. It is the only living being to be so declared.

General Grant tree became the second largest tree in the world, after the General Sherman tree as of 2005, when the Washington tree, which was previously in second place lost half of its trunk due to a lightning-caused fire.

Age of the General Grant tree was once believed to be over 2,000 years, but recent estimates show its age closer to 1,650 years.

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