Along Highway 62 near Shady Cove, Oregon is a sign marking the Lonesome Hickory. While the tree groves natively in the humid Eastern United States it is rare out in the west (although fossil hickory trees have been found in Central Oregon). The short height of this tree is a testimony to the harsher dry hot climate of this region. Inside the area is shady & cool w/ purple vetch flowers. The sign here reads:
Mary Louisa Black planted this shagbark hickory near her home in 1866 from nuts she carried from Missouri on the Oregon Trail in 1865. Of the nuts she planted, two grew into trees. This tree is the lone survivor of snow, summer heat, and Rogue River flooding and the only shagbark hickory in the area.
Approximate Height: 18 feet
Circumference: 4 feet
Approximate Age: 131 years
Oregon Heritage Tree
Nominated by Eagle Point Historical Society
Dedicated by Heritage Tree Committee - Oregon Travel Information Council
April 6, 1998
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.