Historic ‘Taco Bell tree’ relocated

The "Taco Bell tree" was moved to a new location Saturday (Paul Shelton / KXAN)
The "Taco Bell tree" was moved to a new location Saturday (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A historic tree more than a century old in the Beckett Grove area of Oak Hill moved to a new site Saturday.

Crews transported a live oak, known as the “Taco Bell Tree,” across the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 and William Cannon Drive.

Crews were going to cut the tree down due to developments in the area, but donations and public support made the tree’s relocation possible.

Oak Hill resident Andrea Street helped with the fundraising process. She said it was great to watch the tree be saved.

“Seeing a tree that size just kind of floating in air is almost a surreal feeling,” Street said. “But I can only say only in Austin would we go to such great lengths to save a tree like this.”

The Austin Heritage Tree Foundation raised money for the move and hiring a certified arborist.

The organization is still about $5,000 short of the money they need for the project. Donations are tax-deductible. Click here for more information about donating.

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