Memorial Pecan R.I.P.

Historical Period: 20th Century (1900 & Later)
Historical Topic: Odds & Ends, Pecan-Our State Tree
Species: Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
County: Travis
Public Access: No longer applicable; tree is dead

Women of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs planted this pecan tree in Austin, in a simple yet impressive Memorial Day ceremony, May 30, 1945. The planting was in honor of the heroic Texans of World War II and particularly those who lost their lives in that struggle.

Governor Coke Stevenson gave the dedicatory address, and a color guard and bugler from American Legion Post 76 participated.

Soil placed around the tree's roots was obtained in one-pound packages from each of Texas' 254 counties, and from General Eisenhower's birthplace at Denison and Admiral Nimitz's old home near Fredericksburg.

The original Memorial Pecan was removed during the capitol expansion project in the early 1990s, but a new tree was planted in 1993 near the east entrance to the Supreme Court building, with the original marker at its base. Wood from the original tree was reportedly used to make benches for the capitol.

The tree was located on the west side of the north entrance to the state capitol in Austin.