Photo courtesy of Rick Pitts
This 14,000-pound stump was taken from the Moundwood-Dunn's Pond-Waterbury area this summer and will be placed on permanent display at the Indian Lake State Parks Nature Center.
StumpZZilla's New Home
StumpZilla's New Home is at the Recycling Center on State Route 235. The stump is 36 feet around and 15 feet high. It is the largest stump ever removed from Indian Lake. It is estimated at 350 years old. The stump was probably cut off when the hand dug Lewistown Resevoir was created.

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1st step moving 14,000 pound stump
This centuries old, red oak tree stump was removed from Indian Lake in July of 2000. According to Joe Moran, a parks employee, the water churned as the stump was brought to the surface, reminding him of an old Godzilla movie and earning the stump its nickname "StumpZilla".

Crane lifts stump onto barge.
Found two feet below water level, it was removed from the lake near the Moundwood-Dunns Pond-Waterbury area. It was found while en route to remove another reported stump.

Taking two days to remove from its watery tomb, the relic was estimated to be as much as 300 years old. It weighed in at an amazing seven waterlogged tons, thanks to James Duff of C.E. Duff and Sons, Inc. of Huntsville, who volunteered their services in determining its weight. It was believed to have stood nearly 100-foot tall when alive.

Measuring the 14,000 pound stump

Stump is moved to temporary locationThe stump was extracted by Terry Tussing, Charlie Waugh, and Joe Moran, who credited mentor, retired maintenance supervisor Jack Beuschlein, whose expert techniques were used in raising the 14,000 pound behemoth. Mr. Moran related that "all we learned, we learned from Jack."

Stump is moved on flat bed truckFormer State Park Manager Dave Helgeson said the stump was the largest ever taken from this lake. After sinking the first barge it was placed on, the stump was transported from the area and will be permanently placed at the Recycling Center located west of the State Park Campground on State Route 235 N.

Special Thank you to Joe Moran for story and photos.
And to Sue Pitts Examiner Staff Writer

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