History in the News
The Old Lead Tree
By Nancy Olson, co-author, Cedar Mill History
Until 1982, the old Lead Tree stood sentinel at the western margin
of Cedar Mill. Located on the south side of Cornell a few blocks
east of the Bronson Road intersection, the old Ponderosa Pine, about
2 feet in diameter, eventually lost all of its foliage except for
two starkly twisted branches near its top.
All of the lower branches of the Lead Tree had been shot away by
practicing marksmen of an earlier era. The tree provided a convenient
target for young boys in the community who needed to improve their
aim and adjust the sights of their guns.
Untold rounds of ammunition took their toll on the old tree. For
many years it remained upright, while it was no longer living. The
1962 Columbus Day Storm topped the old tree, which further altered
its unusual appearance. Many of you will remember it looming over Cornell
Road, sort of eerie and out of place. In 1982 the old landmark was finally
felled as a safety hazard. It’s just one of many historic landmarks
that have disappeared from Cedar Mill over the years.
The Cedar Mill Historical Society is looking for a photo of the old
Lead Tree. If anyone has one and is willing to let us copy it, contact
Virginia at 503-629-5799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.