Tree Rock

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Buford, Wyoming

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A freek of nature and worth preserving! May 13, 2010
Just west of Buford, Wyoming at about the 8,000 foot level is one of the strangest sights for modern day, an old pine tree growing out of a granite boulder. Surveyors came across this small tree as they were beginning construction of the Union Pacific Railroad line in 1868. It was such an oddity that they decided to move the line to preserve the tree, but it is commonly told that the locomotive engineers would stop to water the tree on their way past. In 1902 the rail line was relocated to avoid the steep grade of Sherman Hill and later on the Lincoln Highway was built on the land. Today, Interstate 80 continues on this same route and because of the oddity of this rock with the tree growing from it, they have separated the highways west and east bound by an extra amount and placed off ramps and on ramps and a short circle drive around it. There are two signs posted with the story of the tree and a chain link fence around the entire area to prevent people from damaging the area. There are also roadside signs posted as you near this area from both sides telling you that there is an interesting thing to see just ahead. We did indeed find it interesting.
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