03/26/2015

Our Witness Tree Program

Huge Oak on the South side of Denton Creek by the bridge. This and the trees on the North side mark the site of early agricultural and recreational activity, with the nearby old Denton Creek Bridge crossing into Lewisville.


A witness tree is a living link to the past.  Usually a witness tree has been around for many hundreds of years and is the only witness to the history in that area.  When such a tree is cut down or dies, a living link to the past is lost.

Here are a few of the trees in Coppell that we have designated as witness trees.

Denton Creek Bur Oak:  The Denton Creek Bur Oak was discovered by a Coppell family along the Denton Creek trail. It was named a Big Tree of Texas and was designated the third largest Bur Oak in the DFW region in 2011, with a circumference of 179 inches at breast height.  The tree was subsequently struck by lightning, but part of the trunk remains. 



Trinity River Cottonwood:  The Trinity River Baptism Cottonwood marks one of the sites along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, on Coppell’s east boundary, that was an early gathering place for recreational activities, including picnics and swimming, as well early church baptisms.

Honky Tonk Oak:  This tree shaded a number of beer joints and dance halls along present Sandy Lake Road in the 1930s and 40s.  Not considered a part of Coppell, the area was sometimes called Midway, from the name of one honky tonk on the northeast corner of Sandy Lake and Denton Tap.

Big trees on North side of Denton Creek Bridge:  Twin citadels watching over the north side of the creek for years.  Estimated to be about 130 inches in circumference.


Old Town Domino Oak: Old timers conducted afternoon domino games under and near the Old Town Domino Oak Tree, always having a spittoon underfoot.


Houston Campsite oak:  Under this tree, Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, camped for almost six weeks in 1843, preparing to sign the first treaty with Native Americans, which would aid local settlement and support Houston’s attempts to promote statehood for Texas.


This oak is an official Famous Tree of Texas.


Coppell Historical Society ◊ P.O. Box 1871, Coppell, TX 75019 ◊ info@coppellhistoricalsociety.org
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