At a cost of GBP3,000, a 75-tons, 80-year old Banyan tree was moved ten miles and transplanted April 26 to satisfy the wishes of Chicago millionaire John D.
LV Tree PAN to train passing.
GV Train passes tree.
LV Tree being uprooted.
LV Tractors etc moving tree.
RIDING SHOT... of tractors hauling tree.
GV Tractors haul tree PAN DOWN to new hole dug for tree to be planted.
GV Earth being placed around hole.
SV Priest blesses tree.
GV Tree being lowered into new position.
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Background: At a cost of GBP3,000, a 75-tons, 80-year old Banyan tree was moved ten miles and transplanted April 26 to satisfy the wishes of Chicago millionaire John D. MacArthur.
Tree surgeons treated the tree for four months before bulldozers an earthmoving equipment were brought in to lift it from Mrs. Hick's garden and transplant it on the new location. While this large-scale operation was underway, three crack express trains were held up when the tree was carried across the line.
The 60-feet high tree was seen by Mr. MacActhur when passing a private garden at Palm Beach, Florida, in a train. He decided that he wanted the tree to grace the entrance to the new incorporated city of Palm Beach Gardens, which MacArthur built.