The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Giant Copper Beech

Loreen Niewenhuis is an author, adventurer, and Great Lakes speaker. She has completed a trilogy of 1,000-mile adventures exploring the Great Lakes and has written three books about the Great Lakes [A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach *a Heartland Indie Bestseller*A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk *winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award*, and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure]. To learn more about her work, or to book her as a speaker, go to

My book tour took me to Milwaukee last month. 

There I met with my editor and also revisited an old friend, this massive copper beech tree near the shores of Lake Michigan.

My editor, Phil Martin, and the beech tree

The plaque reads:
"Wisconsin's Largest European Copper Beech Tree (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea)
The European copper beech tree was first introduced to North America in the 1700s. It is estimated that this tree was planted in the mid-1800s, which would place it on the family farm of the pioneering Estes family.

In the year 2005 the tree measured:
Trunk Circumference: 180 inches
Height: 61 ft.
Spread: 71.5 ft.

This tree is truly a giant!

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