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Great Trees of Texas: The oak at Calaveras
Rosie Johns took this picture of the historic tree outside Aurelia’s Kitchen in Calaveras.
Lupe Diaz, owner of Aurelia’s Kitchen in Calaveras, said she doesn’t know much about this old tree, but a few calls to members of several Tackitt families revealed a little history.
The tree is old, as the mighty trunk shows, but no one could say how old. Nan F. Tackitt recalls that “way back there,” the business was known as Tackitt’s Grocery Store, and they also sold gasoline.
Tackitt’s Grocery was first opened by Joe “Papa” Tackitt and then run “for probably 30 years” by Tommy and Alta Tackitt. Back then, the family lived in back of the store. In later years, other members of the Tackitt family also ran the business.
The stately old tree was always a landmark for the area. It was witness to many a lively conversation and probably a lot of local politics as patrons and neighbors gathered under its generous shade.
The Calaveras community is located on C.R. 128 (Old-timers know it as the Old Corpus Christi Road) near F.M. 775.
If you have a favorite tree, large or small, that you might remember as a child or maybe you just see it in your travels, send us the photo and it might be featured as a “Great Tree of Texas.” Be sure to include a daytime telephone number so that we can ask you questions about it.
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