California’s Giant “Drive-Thru” Sequoia Fell Over the Weekend

By Staff  |  01/11/2017

Drive-Thru Sequoia

Nothern California's iconic "drive-thru" sequoia fell over the weekend, due to an intense winter storm that struck California's Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

The giant tree was estimated to be around 2,000 years old, and had a diameter of 22 feet.

Reports said when the tree fell, it shattered into pieces and is now completely unrecognizable.

The Calaveras Big Tree Association wrote on Facebook: "This iconic and still living tree -- the tunnel tree -- enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it."

The famous tunnel being carved into it in the 1880s to promote tourism. First, horses and buggies traveled through the tunnel, and later it was cars. However, in recent decades, it was limited to pedestrians.