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General Grant Tree

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The General Grant Tree is a Giant Sequoia tree located in the Grant Grove in the western part of Kings Canyon National Park. The name of this living giant was coined in 1867 after General Ulysses S. Grant, who served as the Union Army General and also as the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877. The General Grant Tree is listed as the third largest living tree on the Earth after General Sherman’s Tree and the Washington Tree, which are also located in the adjacent Sequoia National Park in California.

The age of the General Grant Tree is estimated to be around 1,650-1900 years. The height of this majestic giant is 266 feet (81.1 m) and its diameter is 29.0 feet (8.85 m). In terms of diameter, the General Grant Tree stands to be second largest of all Giant Sequoia trees after the Boole Tree, which has a slightly larger diameter of 29.5 feet (8.98 m). The circumference of General Grant Tree at its base has been measured to be 108 feet (32.8 m). The volume of the tree is 46,608 cubic feet (1,320 cubic meters) with a weight of approximately 1,254 tons (1,325 metric tons). The first branch on the tree is located at a height of 129 ft (39 m). The diameter of the largest branch on the tree is 4.5 ft (1.4 m).

The General Grant Tree was proclaimed as the “Nation’s Christmas Tree” by President Calvin Coolidge on April 28, 1926. Declared as a National Shrine on March 29, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the General Grant Tree is a living memorial to all those great warriors who had laid down their lives for the nation. The Annual General Grant Christmas Trekking Program is held on the second Sunday of every December.

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