Saving the Shawshank Tree

Five years ago, the landowners made an heroic effort to save the iconic oak tree featured in “The Shawshank Redemption.” Straight-line winds had torn away about half of it.

When they were done, what was left of the tree remained standing for prosperity. I believe some of the wood was salvaged for the same purpose.

This morning, a thunderstorm snapped off what remained of the trunk.

I happened by in 2011 when the salvage operation was underway and took photos. (Using a little Canon G-10.)

Here are a few of those photos — for prosperity.

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Closeup of trunk.

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Semi with the main section pulls out onto Pleasant Valley Road.

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The Shawshank tree today — sad.

 

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