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Giant Cedar Stump, Smokey Point

This Cedar Stump was a roadside attraction along the Pacific Hwy from 1939 to 1971. It was located north of Portage Creek. You could drive through it during that time.

Now it is at the Smokey Point Rest Stop.

The Marker next to the stump reads; This famous stump remains as evidence of the giant trees which once forested this area. Over 20 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall, the huge "Western Red Cedar" is believed to have been more than 1,000 years old. Discovered by early settlers of the area, the following is a resume of its recorded history:

The Stump timeline; 

1893 - The stump was killed by a fire which started in its hollow base.

1916 - After the top was removed, Paul Wangsmo and Ole Rodway cut and chopped three spines from the core and cut archways through the stump.

1922 - After cutting the stump off at its base, Ole Reinseth and Slim Husby used horse teams to drag it north 150 yards where it was set on a concrete base.

1939 - The stump, by now cracked, was taken apart and pieced back together just north of Portage Creek, alongside the newly completed US 99. On May 27, Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha of Norway drove through the stump.

1971 - The stump's final move brought it to the Smokey Point Rest Area located on I-5 Northbound Exit 207.

2011 map

1950's postcard.

The stump 2011.

Late teens or early 20's


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