“Chicago Stump” the General Noble Tree was perhaps the largest tree ever cut. Its age was about 3,200 years. It would have taken about 18 men standing with arms outstretched to make a complete circle around the tree. When the General Noble Tree and other giant sequoias were first discovered, nobody believed a tree that size could exist. To prove it, the tree was cut down and shipped in pieces to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
Ironically, the giant tree was cut down in vain, as viewers of the reassembled tree believed it to be a hoax.
Visitors can view the remaining 20-foot “Chicago Stump” on the Hume Lake Ranger District.