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Jack London's Oak Tree in Trouble

Updated on September 9, 2013

Jack London's House in Sonoma Valley, California

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Legal Decision on the Oak Tree


A beautiful oak tree that is supposed to be over 400 years old is beside Jack London's former home. It is in danger of being taken down. It is in Jack London Historic State Park in Glen Ellen, California. They are afraid that the tree will soon fall and damage the house. It is a tourist attraction as it stands now in California. There is a movie about the tree playing at the park now. It is on the link that I have here.

The tree inspired Jack London for one of his plays called "The Acorn Planter." Jack London was thought to love the tree. It is a shame if it does need to be taken down. It would seem as if something could be worked out.

It may take a year for them to wait for the legal decision from the state looking at the tree. If the tree is found to be in good enough help to stay on, it will not be taken down. They need to wait until they find out about it.

There are people on both sides of the issue. Some people, of course, don't want it taken down and others do. They are afraid that the house will be damaged. A tree branch already fell on the house. It is something that happens with trees beside the house though.

Oaks are such beautiful trees that it is hard to see them go in any case. People would be sad to see any old tree go in the area like that. It would be a very sad thing to have it cut down, even if it was not Jack London's tree.

Oak Tree at the Beauty Ranch

An oak tree at the Beauty Ranch that Jack London owned. This was listed as being the oak tree but it may be another one. It has a different fence.
An oak tree at the Beauty Ranch that Jack London owned. This was listed as being the oak tree but it may be another one. It has a different fence. | Source

The Danger of the Tree


They are saying that the tree could be a danger to pedestrians also. The way the tree is placed by the house it does not really seem to be so. It would seem that they could put signs up to warn people not to go over there.

The tree is supposed to have a disease that is making it unable to function right. Still if it is found to be doing okay, they will let it stay on. It is up to the court to decide. That will be after an expert examines the tree for the disease it has.

The idea of it endangering the house does not really seem to be that much of a danger. If it did fall, it would not really take out the whole house. It would just damage a part of it. They could fix it afterwards if something did happen to it.

It may be be that they just consider it all around to be too dangerous to people and the house next to it.

Jack London's Beauty Ranch

Replanting the Tree


People are at work taking acorns from the tree and planting them to make new trees. It is really too bad that it was not done before this. Maybe it has been and there are some there already. That is the natural sequence of events. Some of the acorns from the tree must have already have made little trees that are around in the same area.

Cutting the Oak Tree Down

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Jack London Writer

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Jack London


Jack London wrote "The Call of the Wild" and other books. Generations of citizens have loved the stories that he wrote.

From all that we know, he seems to have loved trees. He is said to have written the play about the acorn while he was sitting at the window looking at the tree. It would make sense that he would have wanted to keep the tree himself.

Now, as things stand it is difficult to know what Mr. London's own decision would have been about the tree. It is hard to know if he would have been worried about safety or have wanted to keep the tree. The idea of cutting it down may have appalled him.

The tree has been there for a long time, at least 400 years, and it is really too bad that it cannot just continue at its own pace.





Forest of Fountainebleau Oak - a beautiful oak tree example not the Jack London oak
Forest of Fountainebleau Oak - a beautiful oak tree example not the Jack London oak | Source

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      Been there, sad to hear about this.

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