Sunday, October 25, 2009

Council Oak

According to a Council Grove brochure I picked up in town, a council was held under this tree on August 10, 1825.  The council was attended by three U.S. Commissioners and the Osage Indians who signed a treaty resulting in free passage along the Santa Fe Trail through Osage territory in return for $800.00.

Once, this tree was part of a grove of trees that provided shade, shelter and wood for wagon repairs on the Santa Fe Trail. The tree blew down in 1958, when the tree was approximately 70 feet tall and measured 16 feet around.  Today, you can still visit the stump which also has it's own roof and a fence to keep out vandals and souvenir seekers.

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