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The Imperial Beach Tree, is this Tree near 7th & Palm Avenue forgotten IB History?

Nov 11, 2015 02:41PM ● By Paul Spear

In 1956 a group of 30 to 40 people gathered around a tree for a ceremony that saw 

 Imperial Beach become an incorporated city. Is this that tree? 60 year IB Resident, David Smith, believes so and is asking for your help!

                                                                                                November 10, 2015

The Imperial Beach Tree

     I was six years old when Imperial beach was born. Our fine city was incorporated in 1956. In order to celebrate, Mayor Gunthorp, city officials and perhaps thirty or forty residents gathered around a then young evergreen tree planted near 7th and Palm. I was there with my mother and father, watching and listening as the dignitaries spoke. It was an exciting, historic moment; we had become a city!


     Nearly sixty years have passed since then. Many times I have gone by the tree and recalled that fateful time. It is old and tall now and in need of care. Sometimes I wonder why the tree hasn't been remembered as the monument of our origin. It is our Plymouth Rock, but I think it has simply been forgotten. In fact, I may be one of the few people left, who were there on that long ago day. And I have been silent all these years, until now. But I have no pictorial proof. I hope someone reading this has a photograph taken at that dedication, to validate my words.

     There is a compelling reason why I am drawing attention to this: I believe this tree ought to be recognized as a historical site, and respected with some sort of commemorative plaque, or other remembrance. After all, Imperial Beach's sixtieth birthday looms ahead, and this tree is the living symbol of our incomparable city.

David Smith

Imperial Beach Resident


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