Historic tree from Lake Storey lives on after summer storms

Fallen tree limb damages vehicle in Davenport. (Photo: KWQC)
Fallen tree limb damages vehicle in Davenport. (Photo: KWQC)

Galesburg, Ill (KWQC) – Remember the storms that swept through the region in July? Now, an historic tree damaged in the severe weather will be remembered in classrooms and elsewhere. During the storm, a 200-year-old Burr Oak tree at Lake Storey in Galesburg was knocked down.

Rather than turn the tree into mulch or firewood, the city was able to salvage the wood and is now giving away slices of it to be studied by local educators and educational groups. Groups can receive 1 to 2 foot diameter slices, also known as “cookies”, to use for educational purposes.

In addition, the public can purchase “cookies” at a sale being held at the Armory at 149 Broad St. on Sat., Oct. 29 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon.
There will be 4 – 5 foot diameter cookies available for $100 each, and 1 – 2 foot diameter slices available for $20 each. There will also be large slabs approximately 8 feet x 4 feet for $500, as well as smaller slabs approximately 8 feet x 2.5 feet for $350. There will be a few slabs with extra character available for $750 each. The remaining parts of the tree will be sold for $1/board foot. Cash or checks only.

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