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McEuen Gets New Freedom Tree

Workers plant the new Freedom Tree at McEuen Field. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

It stands 16 feet tall now, but the Freedom Tree, which was planted this afternoon on the east end of McEuen Park near the Veterans Memorial, will reach a maximum height of 50 to 75 feet with a spread of 10 to 20 feet. The Colorado Blue Spruce is known for its magnificent silver blue-green appearance. It is rated as one of the most popular evergreens. The former Freedom Tree, a 65-foot Norwegian Spruce, was removed in March 2013 as part of the McEuen Park reconstruction project. The tree was planted in the mid-60s to prevent Fourth Street from encroaching onto Tubbs Hill, but was later given the title of the Freedom Tree in 1972 following the capture of Fred McMurray, a fighter pilot from Coeur d'Alene, in Vietnam/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.

Question: Feel better about the removal of the original freedom tree last year?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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