The Leland Stanford Junior Oak

oakweekendToday, on a day filled with alumni memories, I wish to remember the oldest living tree on campus: the Leland Stanford Junior Oak. Formerly known as the ‘Alumni Oak’ or the ‘Pioneer Oak’, this 227-year old tree collapsed in 2008. However, as in so much of our history, the story does not end there. Though cut down to the trunk the tree survived, and has been making a slow comeback, watched over by the Grounds Department. Located on Serra Street at the corner of the former GSB, still protected by its concrete retaining wall, this much-shortened tree remains an invaluable part of Stanford (and GSB) history. Long may it grow!

 

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