Crews Cut Down Poisoned Oaks at Auburn University
” Published on Apr 23, 2013
Auburn University’s famous oak trees at Toomer’s Corner have been cut down, bringing an end to an era and a drastic change to the landscape. (April 23)”
” Auburn fans said goodbye to the two oak trees at Toomer’s Corner with one more toilet paper celebration following the spring game on Saturday.Fans roll the poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner one final time following Auburn’s spring game on Saturday.
An A-day-record crowd of 83,401 watched the Orange team defeat the Blue squad 35-14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Gus Malzahn’s first spring game since he was hired to coach the Tigers. Thousands of fans then made their way over to drape toilet paper over the two frail, poison-infested oaks in a tribute that was more celebratory than somber.
Longtime Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty on March 22 to poisoning the Toomer trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl, when Cam Newton led Auburn to the national title — and an Iron Bowl comeback from a 24-0 deficit.
The trees will be cut down Tuesday, and officials unveiled a plan on Saturday to renovate Toomer’s Corner that is expected to be completed next year.”
” Auburn fans celebrated on Toomer’s Corner with the famed oak trees one last time this past weekend. On Tuesday morning, the trees started coming down.
AL.com, which had a live camera on the trees as they were cut down, said the first cut came at 7:22 a.m. The site said more than 100 fans gathered to watch. AL.com said all but the roots of the poisoned oaks would be removed on Tuesday.
Here are some sad images from the removal of the iconic trees: