West of San Francisco in Calaveras County, an iconic Giant Sequoia tree that has been one of the hallmarks of the American vacation experience for one hundred years is no more. Known officially as The Pioneer Cabin Tree, it was felled during a massive storm that covered the entire region, including San Francisco and the Bay Area. River and creeks were swollen with raging water, damaging homes and businesses and leaving thousands of customers without electric power.
 
 
Known and beloved by man as the "tunnel" or "drive-thru" tree, it had witnesses thousands of motorists driving through its base where a road based through its root system.
 
 
In a Facebook post, the Calaveras Big Trees Association stated, "The Pioneer Cabin tree has fallen! This iconic and still living tree - the tunnel tree - enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it."
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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