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Friendship Oak, Long Beach

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Friendship Oak is a 500-year-old southern live oak located on the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach, Mississippi. The campus was formerly Gulf Park College for Women from 1921 until 1971.History and folkloreFriendship Oak dates from the year 1487, and was a sapling at the time that Christopher Columbus first visited the New World. According to legend, those who enter the shade of its branches will remain friends for all their lives.In the 1920s, poet Vachel Lindsay taught at Gulf Park College for Women and read poetry to students beneath the branches of Friendship Oak.Friendship Oak was the 110th tree to be registered with the Live Oak Society. At the time of registration (circa 1940), the tree's trunk circumference was 14 feet (4.3 m).In 1950, the oak was featured in a Life magazine article about Gulf Park College, where students attended classes under the tree.Tree measurementsOn August 20, 2011, staff from the Mississippi Forestry Commission took the following measurements on Friendship Oak: The tree was 59 feet (18 m) in height with a trunk diameter of 5.75 feet (1.75 m).The circumference of the trunk was 19.8 feet (6.0 m), and the crown spread was 155 feet (47 m).The average length of the main lateral limbs was 60 feet (18 m) from the trunk with an average circumference of 7.5 feet (2.3 m) for the limbs at the trunk.The tree's crown covered approximately 16,000 square feet (1486 square meters), and lateral roots extended 150 feet (45.7 m).
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  • This grand old tree is located just on the Southern Miss Gullf park campus. I arrived after sunset and was surprised how well you could still see the tree. If you drive past it about 20 yards, there.....  more »
  • Amazing, centuries old oak. It's actually 2 oaks that grew together, but now one is dying while the other is still going strong, so it's roped off at present. No sitting in the tree now. The campus on the Gulf is so pretty. A lovely place to stop and visit.
  • This tourist attraction features the oldest Oak tree on the Ms Gulf coast. It has weathered the test of time and multiple hurricanes. It proudly stands with it's heavy branches draped around it like an antebellum gown.

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