Collinsville, Oklahoma
June 23, 2017
Local "Survivor Tree" Gone
Seedling From 1995 OKC Bombing Survivor Tree
Planted Here Dec. 1, 2008

Removed June 9, 2017
This short stump is all that remains of Collinsville's tribute to the "OKC Survivor Tree". The tree that had flourished here since being planted in December 2008 had apparently not survived the latest Collinsville winter/spring. I first noticed the tree (on Main Street at 12th by City Hall) was leaveless May 27, 2017 (after most other trees were fully bloomed & green) and asked City Manager Pam Polk for comment. She indicated the tree was indeed "in trouble" and would likely not make it. The tree was removed June 9, 2017 (the day before Hogs N Hot Rods) along with the marker. Polk indicated the city might attempt to get a replacement but would want the soil tested first as the cause of the tree's demise was unknown.
This small tree (from a seed off the original OKC Survivor Tree) was planted in Collinsville in December 2008.
This plaque was added in 2012 and the photo shows about 4 years growth near the city plaza.

I did a quick search of my photo archives and found a very healthy looking Collinsville "Survivor Tree" this time just a year ago (before the July 2016 Independence Day Parade) with about 7 1/2 years successful growth. -- Ted Wright
The tree failed to bear leaves in 2017 and was cut down and trucked off by the city June 9, 2017.

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And related only by location ... I found this 1977 incident in my search this week for historical news for the 2017 Times Star newspaper. -- Ted Wright 6/23/2017 -- This was back when 12th Street was open to traffic from Main Street and seems to have occurred just about where the Survivor tree was planted many years later.