Ever hear about this one? Probably not, but it is kind of a nice reminder of a simpler time in Boulder:
The symmetrical spruce, with evenly formed and dense branches that tapered from base to tip, was a destination stop for generations of sightseers until the old grand dame of the forest died and fell over in the 1990s.
Road builders, in 1871, probably were the first to view the tree when they pushed their way through the steep canyon walls to construct a one-lane dirt road between Boulder and Nederland. Even then, the stately spruce was estimated to have been more than 200 years old.
A Camera reporter of the era described the tree as “a touch of perfection–of the ideal that all men seek for but that all do not attain.” Meanwhile, horse-drawn freight wagons threw up dust as they hauled out silver ore from the mountain town of Caribou and then returned from Boulder with supplies.
Read more of the “perfect tree’s” history — and what may be its current resting spot on the forest floor — from Silvia Pettem.