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The largest oak tree in Oklahoma - maybe the world?

I made a trip last month to Red Oak Oklahoma to attend my friend's bridal shower.largest oak tree in Oklahoma

She insisted that we drive off the beaten path to Tamaha, Oklahoma, where I saw the most HUGE pin oak tree EVER.

My friend Kalyn had campaigned in this area years earlier and saw this HUGE tree by the Senior Citizen Center in Tamaha, Oklahoma - she was AMAZED at the size, but the locals thought nothing of it, as "it had always been there."

So, after the bridal shower, Kalyn, Janie and I met Kalyn's mother and aunt in Tamaha. According to Wikipedia, Tamaha had 198 residents after the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

The largest oak tree in Oklahoma - maybe the world?

These four adult women (see photo) stretched to hold hands in an attempt to encircle the tree trunk while I snapped a photo. The four were unable to encircle it - a fifth adult was needed.oak tree in Tamaha Oklahoma

My friend Janie is a bit of a tree expert and estimated the tree's age to be over 300 years.I had to walk about a football field length away to snap the photo of the full tree.

Oklahoma - it's not the barren land you might think!

Now, if you've seen an oak tree larger than this, I would like to hear about it!

oak tree in Tamaha Oklahoma

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Comment balloon 15 commentsLori Cain • September 06 2009 08:45PM

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Lori, I'm impressed to see a tree like that in Oklahoma. I'm originally from Wichita Kansas and I don't ever remember seeing a big tree like that.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

That's an amazing tree!  When you experience a tree like this it is almost spiritual.  It's as if you can feel the presence of God when you stand in its shadow.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Marchel & Dan - definitely impressive & definitely spiritual! Thanks for taking time to view and comment!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Lori, Great job.  Enjoyed our phone conversation.  Did you find the registry for trees that we talked about?  Glad you used the tree pics in this blog - again, great job! 

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Judi, enjoyed our phone conversation also. My husband is very familiar with your neck of the woods. No, I haven't found the tree registry yet, but it's on my "to-do" list! Amazing tree, isn't it?

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

I registered the tree on a national list of potential giants.

An Okla., forester called me on the Feb- 5- 2010. I described the tree, he said he would drive over

and measure the tree and let me know what he finds out about the size, measurements and all.

I measured maybe 84" in diameter. He said the record pin oak in Okla., is 66"in diameter.

 

 

Posted by Ron Workman--- Quinton, Ok. about 9 years ago

Wow, Ron - thank you. Please do check back and let me know what you find out!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Good morning.  I am the keeper of the Champion Trees of Oklahoma Registry, www.forestry.ok.gov/champion-trees.  This wonderful Southern Red Oak has been on the register since 1983.  While not the largest Southern Red Oak in the state it is definitely a beauty and a wonderful piece of history for the town of Tamaha.

Posted by Alanna McFarland almost 9 years ago

Justin our local forester called me today. He measured the tree at 20 ft circumference. 66" diameter.

 I thought it was larger.  You guys measured 5 arms stretched around circumference.

He is waiting to find out what type of oak it is.

He also said it is similar in size to other giant oaks in Okla. Will keep you posted. Ron

Posted by Ron Workman--- Quinton, Ok. almost 9 years ago

Alanna and Ron - wow, thank you for your great research and history. I feel so privileged to have seen it, touched it and snapped a photo!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

I have known about this tree since I was born... my family is from Tamaha and we used to have family reunion's there every year... it is the biggest tree I have seen in oklahoma and I took my new fiance there this past year and I got a photo of me and just the tree.... I will use it as my pic if I can... Thanks for posting about it!

Posted by Nick over 8 years ago

Nick - that is awesome! If you want to e-mail your photo, I'll be happy to add it to this post!! My e-mail address is lcain@tulsarealtors.com. Thank you so much for telling us your history with this amazing tree!!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Sad to say, but this large Red Oak tree in Tamaha died a just a couple of years ago, was cut down by a man in Stigler that makes tables out of slicing the tree into large tabletops. Just happened to be in Tamaha the day he was using a large chain-saw to cut the large stump off about 6 in. from the ground. Have a short video of this event.

Posted by Milton A. Stephens over 1 year ago

We recently had a table made from one of the lower slabs of that tree. I would love to post a picture of it. I love having some history of where it came from. It's a beautiful piece of history. I'll try to count the rings tonight and if I'm able to submit a picture somehow, I'll do that also.

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