Nature takes cypress in its prime

Friday, January 1, 2010
March 24, 1975 Southeast Missourian When Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, this bald cypress tree was a tiny sapling. Two weeks ago, after all of 550 years, it was felled by nature, still in its prime. Standing on the John Dennis farm near the Scott-Stoddard Counties line east of Bell City, Mo., it was struck by lightning and burned. This venerable tree, 35 feet in circumference, was the second largest bald cypress in the country, behind a Tennessee monster that measures 39 feet 8 inches in circumference.

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