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Historic tree cut down in midtown Sacramento

August 23, 2012 |  8:07 am

Residents of the City of Trees were mourning the loss Thursday of a historic camphor tree that was cut down in midtown Sacramento.

The large tree on the corner of 18th Street and Capital Avenue was cut down Wednesday because it was diseased, according to Fox40 in Sacramento. The event was witnessed by a crowd of about 50 people, many of whom recorded the scene with their cameras.

Planted in 1886 by George Lichthardt, the son of a German immigrant, the 65-foot-tall tree had grown ill in the past few months and was taken down branch-by-branch. 

"My grandfather planted the tree as a good luck for the birth of his daughter," says Lichthardt's granddaughter, Pinki Cochrell.

One of those watching the tree come down was Carmen Moya Petersen. She remembers it being there as long as she can remember and has become emotionally attached to it over the years.

"It's more than just a tree; I have so many memories, it's hard not to cry," Moya Petersen said.

The tree’s trunk will be left rooted for the next month before it is removed for good.

A bench made from the tree’s wood will eventually grace the corner of 18th and Capital, the TV station reported.

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-- From a Times staff writer

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