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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Our Stories

  • Galveston Railroad MuseumGalveston Railroad Museum
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West ColumbiaVarner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West Columbia
  • La Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay CityLa Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay City

Tree Movin' - Texas Style!

Ghirardi Compton Oak has been a part of League City's history for over 100 years. The tree stands 56 feet tall, has a canopy over 100 feet wide and it 135 inches in circumference. It weighs 518,000 pounds (259 tons)! A county road widening project put the future of the Ghirardi Oak in jeopardy. City Council voted to use park dedication funds to hire Hess Landscaping Construction to move the majestic oak. A project that took them just under a month to complete. Watch this incredible process from start to finish!