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Pages of History: Trees of Mystery gets new boost from Ripley’s

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1942.

The Trees of Mystery park, south of Crescent City on the Redwood Highway, again was mentioned in newspapers all over the world in the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” feature June 11. Not only does the park benefit from this interesting publicity, but the entire area and Redwood Highway.

Carl Lewan, owner of the Trees of Mystery park, really has something in the way of trees to show the public. He has three of the largest trees of their kind in the entire world; the family tree, 1,500 years old with 12 living trees growing out of its one trunk; also the fallen giant, over 3,000 years old; and the Cathedral tree with nine living trees growing from one root, forming a half circle. It is 320 feet tall, 105 feet around its base and the only one of its kind on the globe. Its age is estimated at 5000 years old.


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