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Posted on: March 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] How Old is that Oak Tree?


Just take a guess!  One of the bur oaks in Guthrie Park, marked by a bow, has been scientifically measured to determine, as closely as possible, its age.  Was it here before the American Civil War?  Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?  Before the sinking of the Titanic?  Enter your best guess below and you might win $25 and bragging rights!

Fine print:  Only one guess per person, extra guesses will be discarded. Use any method you like to guess the age; however you may not perform any intrusive tests on the tree.  In the link below, enter the year you think the tree was planted.  In the case of a tie, winning entries will be drawn from a hat.  If you view the enhanced data on the Guthrie Park arboretum, please note that the tree’s estimated age is simply that – an estimate using very broad parameters.

Enter Your Guess Here!
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