The largest oak tree in Oklahoma - maybe the world?

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I made a trip last month to Red Oak Oklahoma to attend my friend's bridal shower.largest oak tree in Oklahoma

She insisted that we drive off the beaten path to Tamaha, Oklahoma, where I saw the most HUGE pin oak tree EVER.

My friend Kalyn had campaigned in this area years earlier and saw this HUGE tree by the Senior Citizen Center in Tamaha, Oklahoma - she was AMAZED at the size, but the locals thought nothing of it, as "it had always been there."

So, after the bridal shower, Kalyn, Janie and I met Kalyn's mother and aunt in Tamaha. According to Wikipedia, Tamaha had 198 residents after the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

The largest oak tree in Oklahoma - maybe the world?

These four adult women (see photo) stretched to hold hands in an attempt to encircle the tree trunk while I snapped a photo. The four were unable to encircle it - a fifth adult was needed.oak tree in Tamaha Oklahoma

My friend Janie is a bit of a tree expert and estimated the tree's age to be over 300 years.I had to walk about a football field length away to snap the photo of the full tree.

Oklahoma - it's not the barren land you might think!

Now, if you've seen an oak tree larger than this, I would like to hear about it!

oak tree in Tamaha Oklahoma

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Marchel Peterson
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Lori, I'm impressed to see a tree like that in Oklahoma. I'm originally from Wichita Kansas and I don't ever remember seeing a big tree like that.

Sep 06, 2009 08:48 PM #1
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That's an amazing tree!  When you experience a tree like this it is almost spiritual.  It's as if you can feel the presence of God when you stand in its shadow.

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Marchel & Dan - definitely impressive & definitely spiritual! Thanks for taking time to view and comment!

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Lori, Great job.  Enjoyed our phone conversation.  Did you find the registry for trees that we talked about?  Glad you used the tree pics in this blog - again, great job! 

Sep 07, 2009 07:43 AM #4
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Lori Cain
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Judi, enjoyed our phone conversation also. My husband is very familiar with your neck of the woods. No, I haven't found the tree registry yet, but it's on my "to-do" list! Amazing tree, isn't it?

Sep 07, 2009 08:39 AM #20
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Ron Workman--- Quinton, Ok.

I registered the tree on a national list of potential giants.

An Okla., forester called me on the Feb- 5- 2010. I described the tree, he said he would drive over

and measure the tree and let me know what he finds out about the size, measurements and all.

I measured maybe 84" in diameter. He said the record pin oak in Okla., is 66"in diameter.

 

 

Feb 12, 2010 09:28 AM #21
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Wow, Ron - thank you. Please do check back and let me know what you find out!

Feb 12, 2010 10:13 AM #22
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Good morning.  I am the keeper of the Champion Trees of Oklahoma Registry, www.forestry.ok.gov/champion-trees.  This wonderful Southern Red Oak has been on the register since 1983.  While not the largest Southern Red Oak in the state it is definitely a beauty and a wonderful piece of history for the town of Tamaha.

Apr 01, 2010 10:42 AM #23
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Ron Workman--- Quinton, Ok.

Justin our local forester called me today. He measured the tree at 20 ft circumference. 66" diameter.

 I thought it was larger.  You guys measured 5 arms stretched around circumference.

He is waiting to find out what type of oak it is.

He also said it is similar in size to other giant oaks in Okla. Will keep you posted. Ron

Apr 01, 2010 01:49 PM #24
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Lori Cain
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Alanna and Ron - wow, thank you for your great research and history. I feel so privileged to have seen it, touched it and snapped a photo!

Apr 02, 2010 12:37 PM #25
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I have known about this tree since I was born... my family is from Tamaha and we used to have family reunion's there every year... it is the biggest tree I have seen in oklahoma and I took my new fiance there this past year and I got a photo of me and just the tree.... I will use it as my pic if I can... Thanks for posting about it!

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Nick - that is awesome! If you want to e-mail your photo, I'll be happy to add it to this post!! My e-mail address is lcain@tulsarealtors.com. Thank you so much for telling us your history with this amazing tree!!

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