5 Year Anniversary of the Old Glory Transplant

January 20, 2009 at 7:00 am 12 comments

Well since I’m sure nothing else is going on today, especially not in the Washington, D.C. area, I thought I would do a little anniversary post. : )

Five years ago today the Senna Tree Company moved an 180 year old oak tree, affectionately called “Old Glory”, out of the way of a construction site in Pico Canyon, California to a new home 1/4 mile away. With a height of 58 feet and a branch span of 104 feet, Old Glory is the world record for the largest tree transplanted. It took a total of 128 tires (16 8-wheel dollies) to move an estimated load of 250 tons. The effort cost more than a million dollars.

Old Glory Being Moved

Prior to the move, the tree had weathered a three year drought. Its new home was going to separate the tree and the stream it got its water from. There was concern how the tree would fare after the move. Here’s a shot from Flickr from this past May:

Pico Canyon Oak, aka “Old Glory”, 4 Years After the Move (Photo by tkksummers)

Still alive and well!

Entry filed under: trees.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. scienceguy288  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I just saw the headline for the previous post. Do you have a link for your eligible photos?

  • 2. tgaw  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    @scienceguy288 – Ooooh are you talking about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest? The notions I’m toying with are posted at:


    If you want to get ambitious, my entire Flickr catalog is at

    Yard 2020 - Chickadee 3

    ALSO– if you had anything you wanted to submit, more contest details are at:


  • 3. Aaron  |  January 23, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I saw something on the Discovery channel about the relocation of trees. I was amazed at not only the methods behind doing it, but the substantial cost in relocating a tree of that age/size.

  • 4. tgaw  |  January 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

    @Aaron – Oh, neat! That sounds like something I should track down and queue up on Netflix!

  • 5. geekhiker  |  January 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    You know they only moved that tree so they could build an entrance road to a new sub-division of mini-mansion houses, right? *sigh*

  • 6. Blog News: Festival of the Trees « TGAW  |  January 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

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  • 9. mslark  |  October 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I am working on a project to protect some Valley Oaks in Rossmoor (a senior community in Walnut Creek, California). I would like to talk to you.

    Mary Anne Clark
    Walnut Creek, California

    • 10. tgaw  |  October 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      An email is on its way to you!

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  • 12. Adam Rayyan Abdullah  |  May 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

    you people are awesome.Love from asia


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