A History Lesson: Monkey Puzzle Tree and Abe Lincoln

Besides a killer waterfront view, Mare Island has many perks. One being the incredible piece of history that every building, road and yes, even tree has. Last week a huge Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) fell in half. For how horrible the structure of that tree was, it's shocking that it had lasted 110 years. Monkey Puzzle Trees are native to South America, they are the national tree of Chile, and are not the most common conifers to run across in California. However, after one glance and a single touch of its razor sharp needles, you will never forget it....

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