In OO Denny park (a delightful patch of Seattle forestland which just happens to be located in Kirkland) there is a plaque honoring an old, large, fallen tree called Sylvia.
Age: Over 600 years old
Circumference: 26.3 ft
Biggest tree in King County
Toppled January 20, 1993
At first, this sign stuck with me because of the extremely dubious "biggest in the county" claim. However, after several years of on-and-off researching, I've been able to find almost nothing about the history of this tree.
Why the name Syliva? Dunno, though probably Silvia being a forest god has something to do with it.
Who first noticed it? Dunno
Who named it? Dunno
Who measured it?
Who put the plaque up? Who replaced it several times over the years?
Looking closely, just left of him is a carved sign which appears to say "SILVIA [?something]". Ahhh-ha!
Is this a loggers thing? Was Silvia used as a nickname for large trees back in the day? The OO Denny Sylvia is on a ca 1970s map (preserved in the Sherwood History collection), along with a drawing of an old skid road when there was some selective logging in the area.
I like the theory that Silvia was an old generic nickname for big trees, and that occasionally the name stuck. Thoughts? All my other ideas are far worse than this one.
That 'biggest tree in King County' is bogus if that's literally what they mean. First of all, it's not standing. I know a stump that has a circumference of over 60'. But also quite a few standing healthy growing cedars that are over 11' in diameter (35' in circumference). Definitely in King County.
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum You cannot attach files in this forum You can download files in this forum
Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases when you use our link(s).