Galena, Ohio: Giant Cottonwood TreeNow we know the exact width of this tree... but it's still big for east of the Mississippi.
- 5129 Cheshire Rd, Galena, OH
- On the eastern side of Alum Creek Lake. On the north side of Cheshire Rd, just east of CR-21/Africa Rd and just west of Sticky Fingers Ice Cream, which is on the opposite side of the road.
Visitor Tips and News About Giant Cottonwood Tree
Since there was not an actual measurement for this tree we decided to take along a DBH tape! The tree has a DBH of 120 inches, which is 10 feet wide at breast height.[Adam, 10/16/2012]
For tree measurement novices -- and that includes us -- a DBH tape is a special tape measure used to determine the girth of a tree at the height of an arbitrary human chest. It also diminishes the fun of hallucinating that a tree is much larger.
There are people who hunt giant or really old trees. Those who hunt Ohio for these claim the largest Cottonwood in the US, at least east of the Mississippi, is this one. It is unmarked but just inside the woods across the road from an ice cream store called Sticky Fingers. They say it is 30 feet around. I believe it, based on giant redwoods I have stood near in California.[Phil Marcus, 08/20/2011]