Without warning, the Cailloux Foundation removed “The Founders Tree” on Saturday morning. The centuries-old oak tree dates before Kerrville’s founding in 1858 — and was there when Joshua Brown lived next to it.
When asked why the tree was being cut down, a worker said, “it’s too big.” There’s no explanation from the Cailloux Foundation.
The tree is between Herring Printing and the A.C. Schreiner Mansion on Water Street.
“I’m almost ill this has happened,” said Kerrville City Councilmember Joe Herring Jr., who also writes extensively about Kerr County history. “A living part of our community’s history was killed today.”
The property has been for sale for some time, and at least one hotel developer has looked at adjacent properties to site a new hotel. A source told The Lead that the property is under contract. One development group said it was not involved, but The Lead learned there’s a second hotel developer working to acquire the property.
However, the removal of the oak tree will come as a shock to many in the community. The reaction on social media was swift.
“Im sick to my stomach,” Kerrville City Councilmember Brenda Hughes said.