Last month, Gossips reported on the demise of the ancient locust tree in Washington Park.
Back in 2011, this locust had been one of the heritage trees featured in Gossips' series "Showcasing Hudson's Great Trees." At the time, I called it "gnarled and venerable."
The day the tree came down, Brian McDonald, the Director of Facilities for Columbia County, explained that a large branch of the tree had been found to be completely dead, and there was too much decay in the tree to save it. It was determined to be a danger to pedestrians in the park as well as people visiting the post office across the street, and so it had to be taken down.
The stump remains, and yesterday Peter Jung decided to count the rings to find out how old the tree actually was.
|Photo: Peter Jung|
During the time the tree had stood in the park there have been three courthouses on the site. The first was destroyed by fire around the turn of the last century and was replaced by a courthouse designed by local architect Henry S. Moul.