Saturday, January 24, 2015

The trees of Myers Park

Myers Park Oak Trees

It's hard to imagine but the avenues of Myers Park weren't always tree-lined. 

Here's a look at how it came to be.



1911
'This 1911 photo shows the earliest homes built in Myers Park off Queens Road. The neighborhood was planned as a mix of humble bungalows and grand mansions, scattered with small areas of development and a tract for Queens College.'



1916

'With the assistance of James B. Duke, plans were made to install larger, more mature trees along the streets in Myers Park. Theodore King, who worked for Duke, oversaw the operation which took place in 1916 and the winter of 1917.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library




March 19, 1916
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1916
'Men backing up early back hoe to remove oak tree for planting in Myers Park.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



1916
'Four men removing oak tree to plant in Myers Park.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



1916
'This photo from the collection of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County shows how a huge wheel with spokes was used to plant mature trees when Myers Park was being built in the early 20th century.'



1916
'Image of workman tools around a freshly planted oak tree.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



1916
 'Oak tree being planted in Myers Park with house in distance.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



1916
'Final outcome of the tree planting in Myers Park.'
Courtesy: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



Myers Park, 2011.
Staff photo: Diedra Laird


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant!! So glad we've chosen to keep those trees!

Maria David said...

They are a treasure, Anon! Tx for the comment. -Maria