The Hobson Oak was located near Hobson and Greene Roads in DuPage County, Illinois. It was a legacy bur oak that stood proud and strong since pre-settlement days. It has been carefully taken down.
Over many decades the tree was pinched and challenged by urban development.
The Hobson Oak began on the Illinois prairie in the river valley now known as the East Branch of the DuPage River. The footfalls of buffalo and Native Americans created a trail alongside its flourishing limbs. In the 1830s a dirt road carrying wagons, cows and horses brought settlers under its shade. Next came the farmers gravel road spewing grey dust onto its leaves as the county grew. The road was eventually improved to a two-lane asphalt road. In recent years the tree's roots were cut to widen Hobson Road and accommodate concrete curbs and gutters. On the other side of the tree a nearby multi-use bike trail was built and a fire hydrant put in place.
DuPage County and and the Naperville Parks Foundation will work together to preserve the legacy of this special tree. Acorns were gathered in September 2016. The majestic Hobson Oak was carefully taken down November 17, 2016. The idea is to sell saplings and woodcrafts of the Hobson Oak to benefit local charities. Acorns are being germinated by the Morton Arboretum. Wood will be kiln dried. The public is invited to participate. Your ideas are welcome. info@HobsonOak.com