To very little fanfare, the Naturalization Tree Monument at Camp Zachary Taylor, was relocated to it’s new home in Camp Zachary Taylor Park the week of June 15th, 2015. This great achievement is a long time coming. This only original marker from the era of WW1 is now available for all to see.
The limestone Monument was erected in 1921, the year the camp was closed, by the Daughters of the American Revolution, to mark the spot where the tree was standing. The Magnificent Ash Tree stood for many more years, but died after being struck by lightning. The Memorial was protected by deed restrictions, but following the closing of the VFW Post, who was the caretaker, the small plot of land was sold off. The Monument ended up in the back yard of the property owner along Lee Street, where it was fenced in for several years.
Now it, along with a planned Flagstaff and Historical Plaque will soon accompany it in Camp Taylor Park. The Historical Plaque will give details about the tree, it’s role in the US Army during World War 1, and will feature photographs of it. A re-dedication ceremony is planned for this fall. I will post updates as they become available. Thanks to all who helped this happen, especially Metro Councilman Steve Magre.
The Naturalization Tree circa 1925