Yadkin County Poplar?

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Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:35 pm

I saw a photo online of a really notably large poplar tree. So I emailed the photographer who gave me no specific directions but told me that the tree is "very close to a Revolutionary War battlefield in Yadkin County".

Anyone ever visit this tree or measure it?


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Huge Poplar & Tina by Rebelxti1, on Flickr


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Huge Poplar & Tina by Rebelxti1, on Flickr

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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by James Parton » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:55 pm

Nice! It certainly looks old growth.
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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by Rand » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:28 am

Definately has that, 'you're not in ohio anymore' look to it.

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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:40 am

I wish he'd have given me better directions. The only battlefield reference I've been able to find so far doesn't give a lot of help, either.

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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by Joe » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:16 pm

Rand wrote:Definately has that, 'you're not in ohio anymore' look to it.
I'm struggling to imagine Ohio with millions of large trees like that- along with buffalo, etc.. back before the pale faces showed up speaking with forked tongue.
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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:02 am

What amazes me is how quickly Europeans knocked down the eastern forests. In just a few decades they came in and denuded the Piedmont and then the entire Appalachian chain of its forests. I've seen photos taken from high mountain peaks in GA, NC, VA where you can't see any standing forests all the way to the horizon. I have a book from the early 30s of the Black Mountains full of photographs of the Blacks and the spine of the range is just hacked down to the bare soil.

In the early 1900s many, many, many counties of the southeastern USA were 100% planted in cotton, with no forests at all remaining.

There's an online site with photographs of the Smokies by a fellow named Roth, and you can see from his photos how the park has recovered from the timbering operations. Many peaks that are now covered in forest were just utterly wrecked. A few years ago I hiked in a small wilderness area (Bald River Gorge) in TN that was full of trees. When I went to the nearby ranger station they had photos of the same gorge from around 1915 that showed not a single standing tree. It had been laid bare by the loggers and sawmills.

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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:39 am

It's by the spot of the battle of Shallow Ford.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsville,_North_Carolina

The Big Poplar Tree, a landmark at the site, is believed to have been shot out during the battle.[4]

It's in eastern Yadkin County, near the river.

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Re: Yadkin County Poplar?

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:29 pm

Thanks! That should make it relatively easy to locate!

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