Grind out stump of hackberry tree in Solomon Allen lot (Block 11, Lot 8) cut down in 2001
Jason Taylor, 217-391-3235
A large hackberry tree deteriorated internally to the point that it was hollow from the trunk to up over 8'. It was determined to be unsafe and was removed in 2001. The tree was approximately 100 years old when it was cut down, making it a post-Lincoln era tree. The tree was cut down to the ground but the stump is still in place. It is a safety hazard for the groundskeeper when he mows the lot due to its wide circumference and rotting core that make it difficult to mow over. A new stump grinder has been acquired by the park which will use this stump as a practice project prior to removing stumps by the Visitor Center. This stump was chosen due to its larger size and it is over 90 feet from the pedestrian walkway used by visitors.