Damn shame

The big hail storm that hit Austin two days ago will leave at least one lasting scar on one Texas’ most treasured sites. The 22 wooded acress surrounding the Capitol has long been a favorite of my family as a great picknicking site on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

No more

Sadly, seven to eight oak trees on the Capitol grounds, estimated to be between 75 to 100 years old, bore the brunt of the swirling winds this past Wednesday night and were uprooted in the storm. The State Preservation Board estimates that some fifteen more trees have major damage, some of which may also have to be removed. See video of the damage here.

Apparently, some of the burled trunks will be saved to make gavels.

* * * UPDATE * * *

More video of the Capitol grounds damage here.


Thx to Texas on the Potomac, KEYE, Austinist, and the Statesman