Famed giant sequoia with drive-thru tunnel topples in storm

(Photos Courtesy: Calaveras Big Trees Association)

CALAVERAS COUNTY, Calif. (AP) — A giant sequoia tree known for the huge tunnel carved through it has toppled during California’s weekend storms.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the historic Pioneer Cabin in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County came down during heavy rains on Sunday. A Facebook post from the Calaveras Big Trees Association confirmed the news.

The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it.

Cars later used the massive tunnel, but more recently it has hosted only hikers.

Park volunteer Jim Allday of Arnold says the tree shattered as it hit the ground.

There was no immediate word on what caused the tee to fall, but the Chronicle reports that it probably had to do with the tree’s shallow root system and the inundation.

Hundreds have taken to Facebook to share memories of the famous tree.

(Photo Courtesy: Calaveras Big Trees Association)
(Photo Courtesy: Calaveras Big Trees Association)

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