Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on Texas but at least one mainstay refuses to be intimidated. As 2.3 million residents flee their homes, the 1,000-year-old Big Tree at Goose Island State Park near Rockport is standing tall.
The famous tree has remained in place as others around it have fallen, victims of a storm that has dropped more than one trillion gallons of rain in the state.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook page posted a photo of the tree on August 28. The old mainstay is surrounded by younger trees that were not capable of withstanding the onslaught of bad weather.
“You don’t get old by being weak,” the post reads.
The 44-foot pillar of strength has been a beacon of hope for many local residents, including Dana Brotherwood who wrote: “I know it’s silly but if he can make it, then no matter what else we as Texans can keep going. I am just so happy to see this.”
The Big Tree is known as one of the oldest trees in the United States. It has survived hurricanes, fires, and the 1864 Civil War. The tree has also been the spot of hangings, cannibalism, and pirate gatherings.
The Big Tree was known as the oldest oak tree in the United States until 2003 when an older tree was discovered in Brazoria County.
Local poet Mary Hoekstra, from Rockport, wrote a poem about the tree’s resilience.
Cold fingers of ice have touched my heartwood.
Dust-dry days of sandstorms have scoured my skin.
Torrents of rain, driven by gales have rushed at me,
And I have swayed, but stayed unbroken.
Harvey has nothing on this Big Tree.
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