Tree that is older than the city of Chicago cut down in Lincoln Park
CHICAGO - Three hundred years is a good run for anything but three centuries are the limit for a tree Tuesday at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
While the actual age of the tree isn't yet known, experts said the tree was here even before Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837.
The tree was mostly dead now and posing a danger with the risk of falling. So on Tuesday, it was time to go.
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The sprawling branches that once hung over the walkway were removed one-by-one until the Grand Old Burr Oak was gone.
The remnants of tree will be used for everything from a memorial to artwork.