Austin Next Treaty Oak  


The plaque reads: "Estimated to have been a majestic tree of about 100 years when Columbus first landed in North American shores, this live oak tree has been pronounced the most perfect specimen of a tree in North America, and its picture hangs in the Hall of Fame of Forestry in Washington. Formerly standing as the corner of a group of trees called 'The Council Oaks,' this tree takes it name fromits role in the history of the Lone Star State. Stephen F. Austin is reputed to have signed the first boundary line agreement between Indians and whites under the canopy of its branches. Battles and important conferences have been planned, pacts signed, and feasts and religious ceremonies celebrated in its shade, The Treaty Oak was purchased by the City of Austin in 1937 to stand as a living and fitting symbol of the mighty state it has watched develop."