University of Iowa planted Historic Pennsylvania Tree Heir
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/27/2012 -- A sapling of a 300-year-old White Oak tree was planted in front of University of Iowa’s English-Philosophy Building. William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was known to have sat beneath this tree that the sapling originated from. That tree was known as “The Great Oak of London Grove.” It had dropped its acorns where it grew, and now its saplings are making history themselves.
This idea was originally thought up when a conversation between Dahl and UI philosophy Associate Professor Evan Fales. They were discussing the cutting down of another tree on campus when the famous white oak discussed. Fales’ mother started a kindergarten named London Grove Friends, which happened to reside in front of the famous oak. After the two had talked, Fales contacted one of his former teachers to ask if she would mail him up some of the acorns. As the acorns were making their journey, they were crushed, rendering them unusable. The teacher, however, had noticed some saplings forming at the base of the famous tree and managed to successfully mail them to Fales.
The original oak was said to be standing in Pennsylvania long before Penn even arrived to the United States in 1682. Penn resided just miles from London Grove Village, and was said to have passed by, and maybe even enjoy a meal underneath the tree.
Dahl and Fales share a passion for trees and hope to continue pursuing their common interests. Fales is interested in returning to the place he grew up to begin collecting more saplings. He notes that it adds just a little bit extra to the campus, and out of the hundreds of different types of trees on campus, one is just a little more rich in history.
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