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League City Moves 400-Ton Oak to Final Spot

Oak moved to allow for road improvements

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 2:44 PM CDT
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League City Moves 400-Ton Oak to Final Spot

League City

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A massive oak in Southeast Texas that was saved from being cut down has been moved about 1,500 feet for replanting.

Crews on Wednesday afternoon finished relocating the so-called Ghirardi oak in League City, using heavy equipment to pull the tree.

Officials initially delayed the move because the contractor wanted to use stronger beams and spreader bars.

Two cranes were used last week to lift the 100-year-old oak, which is named for one of the city's early farm families. The tree has been moved from its original site to make way for street expansion.

League City leaders approved paying nearly $200,000 to relocate the estimated 400-ton Compton oak to a park area. Critics had challenged plans to topple the tree amid concerns over tourism and community history.

The tree-moving operation included a city webcam set up to show the progress.  As of this writing, the webcam is still online and can be viewed here.

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