Was glad to see my brother Mark Pena and his Ciclistas Urbanos group pay a visit to a historic tree we planted years ago in the city square in Edinburg.
On October 18th, 2008 in commemoration and recognition of the 100 year anniversary of the arrival of Hidalgo County's court records and subsequent founding of the county seat in present day Edinburg a group of us planted a seedling from one of our country's most historic trees in the Hidalgo County Courthouse Square.
The tree is a southern live oak grown from an acorn hand-selected from the historic Treaty Oak in Austin, Texas. Treaty Oak is believed to be more than 500 years old and is the lone survivor of the "Council Oaks" a grove of 14 trees that served as a revered meeting place for Apache and Comanche tribes of Central Texas. The tree is said to have shaded Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, as he signed the first boundary treaty with local Native American tribes in the 1830's. Folklore also holds that Sam Houston rested beneath the Treaty Oak after his expulsion from the governor's office at the start of Texas' involvement in the American Civil War. In 1989, the tree was deliberately poisoned with a powerful herbicide strong enough to kill 100 trees. The tree survived and the American Forestry Association inducted the Treaty Oak into its Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.
Six years later the "Son of Treaty Oak" is thriving and standing tall.