The ‘Roots’ of Texas
To think of trees in most of Texas, Oklahoma and other typically dry portions of the southwest is to think of how necessary they are. Managing heat in this hot/dry climate certainly needs assistance.
For those looking to purchase real estate, trees also take on a whole new meaning. Increasing the value of a piece of property can be done with the enhancing of habitats; building ponds and drainage systems; and, allowing for more trees that rejuvenate both land and value. Trees reduce topsoil erosion, land pollutants, and even help to ensure groundwater supplies are replenished. Add in the fact that trees also provide carbon sequestration, and you have a perfect aspect of a Texas property.
Most of us have fond memories of a favorite climbing tree, tree house location or simply a legacy tree that provided shade for our families. These trees have historical significance for us as individuals much like the many special trees across Texas and Oklahoma have significance as part of the states’ history.
And when it comes to Texas, the history is amazing. Take the Kissing Oak, for example. Perched on the bank of the San Marcos River, Sam Houston made one of his famous campaign addresses here. Back in 1857, when settlers learned that the famous General was coming, a group of young ladies got together to sew the perfect Texas flag. When Houston completed his speech, each lady received a gallant kiss under the precious oak.
Another oak is found near Giddings, and is the historic marker for the site of Evergreen, the earliest pioneer town in what is now Lee County. Legends and facts buzz around this tree, and Houston is even among them. An inn was built next to the tree, which became a favorite lodging of the General. But when a brand new railroad came to town, Evergreen eventually became a place of the past. Now only the ‘Evergreen Oak’ remains – holding amazing stories that everyone would like to hear.
Trees with historical significance can be found throughout Texas…A Red Cedar that has grown from a sapling that STILL stands next to a county courthouse; the fifth courthouse to grace the spot. A Bald Cypress that once held a sniper in its branches. An Eastern Cottonwood that looks as if a tornado has hit it again and again, yet still holds vigil over the site where a hotel/saloon and gambling hall once sat.
History flows through the roots of Texas!