Lincoln's tree culture, a century old and still growing
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pictures by Jan Youngquist, Nila Smith

This postcard looks north onto College Avenue from the corner of College and Tremont. The original photo is from the late 1800s, when Lincoln was nicknamed "Forest City" due to the vast number of trees that lined the city streets.

The city has worked throughout the years to maintain the same tree-lined streets. This picture taken in 2003 shows the same intersection at College and Tremont as the picture postcard.


In the foreground are two October glory maples showing their true colors. The trees, located at a city park at Jackson and 11th streets, were part of this year's plantings.

The city tree farm on the north edge of the Adams School grounds.


Each spring the city sponsors an Arbor Day poster contest for schoolchildren. The winners for 2008 all received coupons or gifts from Pizza Hut, Logan Lanes, Dairy Queen, Culver's, McDonald's, the city of Lincoln D.A.R.E. program and, for the first-place winner, an MP-3 player from Certified Labs. Their posters were also put on display at Culver'sThe 2008 second-grade winners (who are now third-graders) were recognized by the Lincoln City Council on June 2. They were Hannah Schalshols from Northwest School, first place; Emily Salander from Central School, second place; and Braydon Laubenstein from Jefferson School, third place.


The city's formal tree planting ceremony in 2008 took place on April 16, one day before Earth Day and in honor of  Arbor Day, which is celebrated the last Friday in April in Illinois.  From left to right are Mark Mathon, city engineer; Melanie Riggs, city clerk; and street department employees Russell Wright, Kevin Logan and Tracy Jackson, superintendent.




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