• This cottonwood tree was struck by lightning in a summer storm that passed over the campus. A woman carrying an umbrella and walking down the mall at the center of campus 2 blocks away reported a painful tingling feeling in the little finger of her umbrella hand right before she heard the boom from the lightning strike.
  • A year after this happened, the tree was in poor health and had to be cut down. It used to stand in line with 2 other cottonwood trees just north of the tennis courts.
  • View from NW side showing debris on ground and no apparent damage to top of tree.


  • View from S side showing debris on ground and no apparent damage to top of tree.


  • View from S side showing tree scar.


  • View from SE side showing another tree scar and possible entry point of lightning near top.


  • View from NW side showing another tree scar.


  • View from S side showing hole in ground at base of tree.


  • View from NE side showing holes in ground at base of tree.

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