ECV1850 Plaque:
Mountain Charlie Big Tree.


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MOUNTAIN CHARLIE
BIG TREE
NAMED FOR CHARLES HENRY "MOUNTAIN CHARLIE"
McKIERNAN, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WHITE
SETTLERS IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN AREA.
ONE OF THE LARGEST TREES OF ITS SPECIES,
THIS SEQUOIA SEMPERVIRENS WAS ORIGINALLY
OVER 300 FEET HIGH. THE TREE STANDS TODAY
AT 260 FEET FROM THE GROUND, HAVING BEEN
BROKEN OFF IN A STORM YEARS AGO. IT IS
18 FEET IN DIAMETER AT THE BASE, 60 FEET
IN CIRCUMFERENCE, AND OVER 5 FEET IN DI-
AMETER AT THE TOP. IN 1880 WHEN MOUNTAIN
CHARLIE BEGAN TO TIMBER THIS AREA, HE
PLANNED TO CUT BOTH THE BIG TREE, KNOWN
THEN AS"KING OF THE FOREST," AND THE
"QUEEN," WHOSE STUMP STILL REMAINS AS A TESTI-
MONY TO THAT GRAND TREE. PROBLEMS WITH
THE "QUEEN" CHANGED THAT DECISION AND
THE "KING" STILL STANDS TODAY AS IT HAS
FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS.
CALIFORNIA REGISTERED POINT OF
HISTORICAL INTEREST No. SCR 005
DEDICATED JUNE 9, 1984
MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER No. 1850
E CLAMPUS VITUS
"RIGHT WRONGS NOBODY"


Victorian Bar


This plaque is located on private property
near the "Big Redwood Park" sign at the
intersection of Glenwood Drive and Main Blvd.
Glenwood.
Santa Cruz County, CA.


Redwood Park Subdivision sign

Bus shelter

Park in the small pullout area on Glenwood Drive
near the bus shelter, heading north.

Trail to big tree.

From the "Big Redwood Park" sign, walk accross the highway.
You will see a paved private driveway leading uphill towards the left.
Please do not go up there or disturb the residents.
Instead, take the small unmarked dirt trail leading towards the right.

The Mountain Charlie Big Tree and its Historical Plaque
is about 450 feet up this trail from Glenwood Drive.

About half-way up the trail on your right,
you can see the stump of the "Queen" tree,
and the circle of new trees which are growing from it.

Please stay on the trail and be careful not to
touch the Poison Oak plants growing alongside it.
Remember: "Leaves of three... Let it be!"




GPS
  Mountain Charlie
Big Tree  
WGS84 Datum
N 37.11700°
W 121.98753°




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