Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sequoia National Park and The Karl Marx Tree


From Today's Inside NPS page (no link, its Intra-net):

SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS--Annual Trek To Nation’s Christmas Tree Held....Approximately 400 visitors participated last Sunday in the annual trek to the General Grant Tree, known as the “Nation’s Christmas Tree,” located in Kings Canyon National Park........During the ceremony, which was conducted by the City of Sanger, the National Park Service placed a large wreath at the base of the tree, in keeping with a resolution from 1956 which designated the General Grant Tree as “…a national shrine in memory of men and women of the Armed Forces who have served and fought and died to keep this nation free and to preserve the spiritual, human, and civil rights which are the essence of our American heritage.”
Did you know that Sequoia NP was the location of a utopian socialist community, the Kaweah Colony? What is now the General Grant tree, was formerly named after General Sherman. The Kaweah Colony attempted to rename the tree after Karl Marx who had just recently died in 1883.
So who says socialism is un-American.  Socialist movements have a long history in America.

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