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Kentucky Color: Giants Among Us. Fairgrounds Oaks

Adair Co. Fairgrounds Oak may be biggest tree, in diameter, in Columbia, KY. Click on headline for story plus photo(s)
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, KY Department of Forestry

The photo accompanying this column is not an optical illusion. This is a real tree right here inside the limits of Columbia and is one of many huge trees standing in the Fairgrounds.

This may be the biggest tree, at least diameter wise, in Columbia. I would welcome pictures of trees you might believe to be larger than this one.

However measuring diameters, figuring average crown spreads, and estimating heights may not be as important as visiting these "old friends".Of course there is no way to know for sure but this tree could have been living right here in Columbia when John Hunt Morgan led his men through Columbia during the Civil War.

Wouldn't it be great to have a photo of your children or grandchildren standing next to this "giant" who has stood the test of time, watched over Columbia during good times and bad, and may have provided shade to not only our grandparents but our great and great-great, grandparents.

These old trees will not be with us forever so let us get out and visit these "time travelers."

Trees can't be truly appreciated by just driving by or jumping out for a snapshot. The only way to know trees is by touching, walking around under their massive crowns, looking skyward through limbs and leaves, and listening to the wind caressing their bark and rustling their leaves.

Who knows? Without speaking a single word they might even tell us a thing or two, these "giants among us".

This story was posted on 2010-08-08 06:00:48
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Kentucky Color: Giants Among Us

2010-08-08 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. 413 Fairground ST, Columbia, KY
"This is not an optical illusion," Billy Joe Fudge writes. He says that this tree, one of many huge oaks in the Adair County Fairgrounds, may be the biggest tree, in diameter, in Columbia. The huge Suburban SUV parked beside the tree gives an immediate calibration of just how big it is.

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