Tombstone Oak falls after 130 years of growth

Live oak tree was located behind 308 W. Leona St.

After over 130 years of growth, the live oak tree dubbed Tombstone Oak behind 308 W. Leona St. has fallen.

The Texas Forest Service reports the tree is rooted in the Texas  frontier period of 1865-1900 and once marked the gravesite of outlaw-turned-lawman John King Fisher.

According to the “Famous Trees of Texas: Texas A&M Forest Service Centennial Edition,” book the tree has stood at the site since before 1884, when it was marked to denote Fisher’s resting place. That marking is how Fisher’s grave was discovered after the city of Uvalde split Pioneer Cemetery to construct North Park Street.

Artist Jill Lear’s painted rendition of the tree was featured in the book “Witness Trees of Texas.”



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