Friday’s Council Tree Chapter NSDAR was founded on June 1, 2008, and organized September 16, 2008. Our name is in honor of the Council Tree that was located northwest of Timnath, Colorado. Chief Friday and his Arapaho Tribe used this tree as a meeting place and significant landmark. The Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes would meet and hold council under a tall cottonwood tree along the Poudre River. This tree was easy to find; it was old, gnarled, and twisted. At over 100 feet tall and 16 feet around, it was the largest tree in the area. Since the tree was located on a nice, flat, grassy area, it became a favorite spot. It was also a convenient place to rendezvous after a hunting party.
The Council Tree was one of several well-known Colorado trees having historical significance. It was named to the American Forestry Association Hall of Fame and the Conservation Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a plaque on the tree designating it for special recognition. The Colorado Mountain Club placed a fence around it to protect it from livestock. In the mid-1930s, the Council Tree was accidentally destroyed in a weed fire.
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