Virgin redwood, 864 years old (LOC)

Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.


Virgin redwood, 864 years old




1 transparency : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.



World War, 1939-1945



Format: Transparencies--Color


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501


General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at


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Call Number: LC-USW36-954



  • Don Shall PRO 8y

    :: . . . for Science (we're good at counting rings), ya know.
  • Aaron Martin PRO 8y

    It could have just fallen on it's own.
  • jake elliott 8y

    somewhere in here i was born ... and there i died
  • Chris Boese PRO 8y

    You said it, Grace Kelly!
  • Chris Boese PRO 8y

    Whoops, my bad, Kim Novak! Wrong movie!
  • Fegel Family 8y

    I think I have seen that recently irl, but don't remember where.....
  • Olaf Gradin 8y

    The photographer's own life would have been a mere blink in time to the subject.
  • lia PRO 8y

    just amazing
  • Flounder 8y

    There is one similar to this at the main AAA (actually ACSC) in Los Angeles.
  • 34spartan 8y

  • timberline131 8y

    Looks similar to one cross-section in Portland, Oregon's former Forestry Building in the '50s.
  • John (Tex) O'Connor 7y

  • Nicholas Wilson 7y

    Hard to believe, but redwoods bigger and older than this are still being cut down in Northern California by Pacific Lumber Company. In 1974 I personally counted the growth rings on the stump of a 54 ft. circumference giant redwood cut down in Mendocino County by Georgia-Pacific, a corporation which has since left the county after logging off all the available redwoods from its lands. There were over 1540 countable rings on the big stump I counted, plus more years of growth in the center where the wood had rotted away over the centuries. I had to use a magnifying glass to clearly see and count some of the rings. Only a tiny percentage of the original 2,000,000 acres of Coast Redwood forest remains uncut. Forest protection activists have been trying to put the brakes on corporate liquidation logging for more than 30 years. Most people assume the remaining virgin redwoods have been saved, and are amazed that some people still think it's okay to cut them down for fancy decks and wall paneling. Redwood is not used for structural lumber. It's too expensive for that, because it's so rare. There's only one place in the world where the Sequioia sempervirens grows naturally, and I'm priveleged to live there. This photo has got me started, and I'm going to find that 1974 slide documenting the 1540 year old redwood and post it in my Flickr stream soon.
  • I likE plants! 7y

    One word.....

  • Happy Tinfoil Cat PRO 7y

    Pioneers lived inside this tree which was burned out by a lightning strike.

    Here, my family stands at the base of a large one

    Most people will never get a chance to see these. Clear cutting these 300 foot giants is a crime against humanity IMHO.
  • heniheni91 6y

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  • Tashunka Witko (alias CP) 5y

    ...solo la stupidità dell'uomo poteva abbatterlo!!
  • Kathleen Thru 5y

    In the early 1980s I told my class of 4th graders about a giant redwood I had seen in California that was over 2000 years old. I explained that it had started to grow before Jesus was born and the kids buzzed with comments and questions. Every once in a while someone would ask me something about the tree. Towards the end of the year, I told them some fantastic tale and one of the boys said, "yeah, yeah, we know, just like that tree in California that's older than God!"
  • mdvadenoforegon2 5y

    Nicholas Wilson The redwoods will grow nicely in Oregon too, although not to 300 feet inland near Portland. But certainly 200 to 300 feet in our coast range if they would plant them. Since they log big swaths of our coastal forests every half decade or so, maybe they should replant some areas with coast redwood, I've already seen a few sporadic spots along Hy. 26 where they planted a few giant sequoia. But coast redwood should be better.
    MDV Coast Redwoods
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