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Keywords:Famous Texas Trees, Alamo Live Oak
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size6.37 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken20-Jan-12 13:42
Date modified20-Jan-12 13:42
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D90
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/125 at f/3.5
FlashFired, auto mode, return light detected
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 500
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Alamo Live Oak

Alamo Live Oak

San Antonio
Bexar County, Texas
29 25.552' N 98 29.176' W

In the early part of the twentieth century, many San Antonio residents believed it was impossible to transplant full-grown trees. Walter Whall—a retired English seamen—started San Antonio’s first tree moving company and proved it could be done. He carefully removed the earth from around the tree to be moved and then used a block and tackle to lift it out of the ground. They transported the mature trees through the streets on a wagon pulled by four mules. Whall contended the hardest part on a moving a full-grown tree was avoiding power and telegraph lines. This Live Oak was approximately forty years old when Whall brought it to the Alamo around 1912. The base of the century-old tree now measures twelve feet in circumference while its main branches are over fifty feet long.