Courtesy of Missouri State Parks
October 27, 1954: The giant Bur Oak tree in southeast Missouri which began it’s life in 1556 was cut down on this day. It gave its name to the Big Oak Tree State Park. The tree was suffering from infestation and lightning strikes.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.