WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Those driving down North Salisbury Street in West Lafayette may notice one less tree along the street.
A 125-year-old silver maple was taken down today after a large cavity was discovered within the tree. The City of West Lafayette encouraged the removal of the tree for safety reasons.
Kathy McDowell and her family have lived on the property since 1913, and she reflected upon the loss of the tree and the memories she has of it.
“For me, it's like an old friend,” McDowell said. “Every day I look out my bedroom window and look at the tree and my husband always says, ‘I'm gonna miss that tree whenever it's gone,’ because that was the same bedroom window he had when he was in the old farmhouse he looked at all the time.”
While the tree may no longer be standing, its remains will be put to good use as mulch for other landscaping jobs throughout the Greater Lafayette area.
McDowell says she plans to plant a crab apple tree in the newly opened space.