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Monterey Cypress

Posted on: September 24th, 2011 in Heritage Tree Audio Tours, Heritage Tree Details |

Cupressus macrocarpa

Seeds for this non-native tree were brought here by an unknown settler, but this particular tree was transplanted to its present location by Harrison Blake when he built his house in the 1850’s. Although this tree was surpassed in 1996 as the largest of its species in the nation, it still holds that distinction within the state.

The nearby Blake home, now housing the Chetco Valley Museum, is the oldest house in the Chetco Valley. This home also served as the post office and as a stagecoach stop. Harrison Blake had the distinction of serving as the first member of the Oregon House of Representatives from southern Curry County in 1874, and as postmaster of the Chetco Post Office.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 99′
  • Planted in: 1850’s
  • Circumference: 34′
  • Dedicated on: August 2, 2003
  • Crown: 106′

Visit this tree

This tree is located in the front yard of the Chetco Valley Museum on US Highway 101 in Harbor.

Monterey Cypress Audio Tour