Incoming! Ironstone Heritage Museum is now featuring an incredible series of books on the Histories of The California Big Trees. These 6 books by Historian Gary Lowe, are the most in-depth research documents on the Big Trees ever published. Gary was able to update existing history utilizing the amazing document archive from a Murphys Prospector in the late 1800's that was discovered and display here at Ironstone in 2009. Stop by and take a peek.
The Mammoth Tree is the tree in the North Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park that had its bark removed for exhibit world wide in 1854. You can still see the cut marks on that giant made in the 1850's. I had never seen an image of the reconstructed tree so I was thrilled to see it on the cover of Volume 2! Impressive research and images. Kudos to Gary Lowe for such an awesome endeavor.
Volume 1 – The Original Big Tree, History of the Big Tree Exhibit of 1853-1855: The Exhibition of the Bark and Section of the Discovery Tree, known variously as The Mammoth Tree, The Giant Tree of The Great Tree and its wanton contender – 2012/2014. Over 200 illustrations & 3 tables. $40.00
Volume 2 – The Mammoth Tree. – A Gold Rush Adventure: History of the Mother of the Forest Exhibit, 1854-1866. Over 150 illustrations. $30.00
Volume 3 – The Big Tree Exhibits of 1870-1871 and the Roots of the Giant Sequoia Preservation Movement. The Snediker & Stegman (Forest King) and the Jellerson & Ricker Big Tree Exhibits 1870-1871. 100 illustrations (30 in color) 1 table. $35.00
Volume 4 – Before The Works – The Bancroft-Pond-Houseworth Toursit Party Among the Big Trees, May 1871 180 illustrations, 2 tables. $25.00
Volume 5 – The Grant Grove Centennial Stump, Kings Canyon National Park and the Big Tree Exhibit of 1875 – 1876. 40 illustrations. $8.50