Chicago Stump Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A short and easy hike leads to one of the more interesting curiosities in Giant Sequoia National Monument. In 1893, the General Noble Tree, one of the supreme monarchs of Converse Basin, was felled, cut into segments, shipped east, and then reassembled for the Chicago World’s Fair. The public met the Noble Tree with widespread skepticism, dubbing it the “California Hoax,” and doubting the actual existence of a species as big as the giant sequoia. Along with the rest of the largest sequoias in Converse Basin, the Noble Tree succumbed to loggers, with the stump the only thing left to remind us of its former glory."