Landmarks of SE Wyoming Pt2

11 Dec

Tree in Rock

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Tree in Rock is a distinct landmark that consists of a limber pine growing from the middle of  a boulder between the east and west lanes of I-80 west of Cheyenne.

Visitors Through Time

According to wyomingtalesandtrails.com it was first noticed in 1867 during the construction of the transcontinental railroad which was diverted to pass the tree.  According to the sign next to the tree, trains would stop so that the firemen could water the tree. The Lincoln Highway, US 30 and I-80 all passed nearby and there is now an exit for travelers to stop and take photographs.

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Age

The tree is at least a hundred and forty years old and probably a lot older. According to westernexplores.us limber pines have been known to live for over a thousand years and some well  over  1500. The record is 1659 years

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