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California's iconic 'tunnel tree' fell during a powerful winter stormby Circa News

California's iconic "tunnel tree" was taken down by a powerful winter storm that came through the region over the weekend. 

The tree, which is located in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, got its name from the tunnel that was carved into its base 137 years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The giant sequoia was also nicknamed the Pioneer Cabin because of its size. 

"We lost an old friend today," Jim Allday, a Calaveras County resident wrote on his Facebook page. 

His photos showed that the tree's based had splintered. 

The giant sequoias in the park are an estimated 1,000 years old, according to the L.A. Times. 

"This iconic and still living tree the tunnel tree enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it," the Calaveras Big Trees Association said on Facebook. 


Visitors used to be able to drive through the opening in the tree, but recently it was limited to hikers.

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