By Brian Besch
A Lake Livingston neighborhood will say goodbye to the oldest member of the community Friday, a life spanning centuries.
Coldspring resident Sid Smith said he has done everything he could to save a tree resting on his property between Lakeway and Hillcrest Drive. It is dated back about 250 years, tracing its roots back to around a period of time when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Smith said that he has had eight to 10 dead branches removed after storms. For those who believe lightning never strikes twice in the same place, the tree has been hit on three separate occasions.
The final time was around one year ago and caused a large limb to fall, blocking a road in Coldspring Terrace. A cutting service will be out Friday to remove the tree.
“I’ll probably have about 15 or 20 of the neighbors around,” Smith said. “Some of them want wood and some just hate to see it go.”
Eagles have been known to perch in the top of the tree, surveying the area around them in the fall.
Smith said he knew the tree was old whenever he purchased the property, but was surprised to learn of the estimate. Graduate students from Texas A&M University traveled to Coldspring to observe the tree and figure its age.