The Pioneer Cabin Tree was an iconic giant sequoia tree in California’s Sierra Nevada and it was famous for having a tunnel in the middle of it.
In the 1880s, the tree was hollowed out by a private land owner, so that tourists could pass through it. The tree was chosen in part because it bore a large forest fire scar.
Like Yosemite’s Wawona Tree, which it emulated, tunneling severely damaged it. For many years, automobiles drove through it as part of the “Big Trees Trail”.
Over the years, the tree became a popular tourist attraction among California’s “Big Trees” wilderness.
On January 8th, strong winter storms toppled the tree, shattering on impact.