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Famous Pioneer Cabin Tree felled by storm in California

It was one of the most famous trees in the US.

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A WELL KNOWN giant sequoia tree known for the huge tunnel carved through it has toppled during a storm in California at the weekend.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the historic Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park came down during heavy rains yesterday.

The tree was hollowed out in the 1880s to allow tourists to pass through it.

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Cars later used the massive tunnel, but more recently it has hosted only hikers.

Park volunteer Jim Allday says the tree shattered as it hit the ground.

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There was no immediate word on what caused the tee to fall, but the Chronicle reports that it was probably connected to the tree’s shallow root system.

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