The Superior Express -

Crane Struggles to lift tree trunk


April 23, 2020

Larry Brittenham, Superior City Utility manager, stands by the root portion of a Cottonwood tree stump pulled from Lost Creek Friday morning by Nebraska Crane. This portion of the stump weighed 23,000 pounds. FEMA and NEMA funds will pay for most of the cost of removing the stump. Brittenham is more than six feet tall.

More than 100 years ago, when picture post cards were popular, a company published a picture of a giant cottonwood tree claiming it was located at Superior and the largest tree in Nebraska. The picture included two men sitting under the tree which was said to have been the location of many historical events. It appears the tree was located in a grove of trees but it's exact location or year of the picture was not given.

The post card was mailed from the Nora post office in September, 1910, to Agnes Pool, a resident of the Oak area. The writer who signed her name as Maude H. wrote, "How is...

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