Old Elm, Boston Common, after fall during storm and being sawed into lengths

Collection Type

  • Photography

Location Note

Stereo Views / Mass. / Boston / Boston Common / Elm Tree

GUSN

GUSN-194978

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Description

The Old Elm, also known as the Great Elm, stood at the foot of Flagstaff Hill on Boston Common, was considered a landmark of the city and was called the oldest known tree in New England. The tree succumbed to the gales of a storm and toppled onto the ground on February 15, 1876. Parts of the tree were removed as souvenirs.

Details

Descriptive Terms

parks (recreation areas)
American elm (wood)
storms
events
commons
stereographs
photographs

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000182
AccessID 289
Other identifier HNEDID-000182

Physical Description

1 stereograph

Collection Code

PC001

Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code

PC001.04.01.USMA.0170.0330.001

Date Notes

February 1876

Places

Boston Common (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [park]
Flagstaff Hill (Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [peak]

Record Details

Originator

Peabody, Edwin N., d. 1920 (photographer)

Material Type

stereographs
photographs

Subjects

crowds
historic trees
Old Elm (tree)
stumpwood
tree trunks

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Stereo Views / Mass. / Boston / Boston Common / Elm Tree