As I was organizing some files and cleaning off old memory cards, I happened to stumble upon these photos from a trip earlier this summer of a tree in the middle of the road near Brayton, Iowa.
After being diverted from the highway because of a major accident, we ventured out on some (very) bumpy dirt roads in search of this roadside attraction and our predetermined detour. When we finally found it we were mildly disappointed—don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool photo opp, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to add this one to your road trip list.
I couldn’t find anything definitive about why the tree was left to grow in the middle of the road. But I did come across quite a few stories online about how in 1850, a surveyor cut a sprout to use as a walking stick and planted it in the ground to mark a section corner, growing into the massive tree that still stands there today.
Tree in the Middle of the Road, 350th Street & Nighthawk Avenue/710th Street in Brayton, Iowa