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Too bad the tree was cut down and nothing in its place but a slab of concrete. Seems pointless. 

The "faces" in the tree are trippy to say the least. Obviously faces, but digitally added? The remains of the tree from the photo you posted looks like the tree in Poltergeist!

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The news (KFMB-TV) reported back in 1988 that a tree was dedicated in Heather's memory at Tierra del Sol Middle School.

The photo was taken by a fan when the tree was in the process of being removed.  Craig Sinclair,  who ran the photo library on another Heather O'Rourke site provided a copy of the the photo.

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Very interesting.  How did you know about the memorial tree and that it existed?  And where did you get that photo of it from?

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5 minutes ago, Larry said:

So sad to think of what happened to the tree but whats worse was that they didnt know who Heather was.  Would love to find out where the tree ended up but then again just thinking about that is bad enough.  Thanks for the insight John.

You're most welcome, Larry:)

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So sad to think of what happened to the tree but whats worse was that they didnt know who Heather was.  Would love to find out where the tree ended up but then again just thinking about that is bad enough.  Thanks for the insight John.

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Here's the reverse view of where the tree once stood.   A black "X" marks the spot.

Tree 2.jpg

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Here is a photo of the area where Heather's tree once stood.  It's marked with a black "X" so you can find where it once was.  It's actually an odd location for a tree!  There is a center quad location on campus where other trees are.   That would have been a ideal location for it.  When it stood here, it was right in front of the boys bathroom, which I always found a little tacky.

Tree.jpg

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This is what was left of Heather's tree after they sawed off all the branches.  The remaining tree trunk was sawed into several sections, and then the stump removed from the ground.  A sad ending to a proud tree that was there for 20-years in Heather's honor.

It's been pointed out that there appear to be faces in the tree trunk where the junction of branches once were.  You can definitely see them.  Whether this Photoshopped or not, I don't know.  But the tree (or what's left of it) is real.

Heather's Tree.jpg

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51 minutes ago, Larry said:

Another great and informative video John.  Thanks again for sharing this.  I wish her tree would have remained.

You're very welcome, Larry!  I'm glad you found it informative.

It's a shame that the tree was removed.  And even more of a shame that there was no re-dedication with a new tree.  When I went there and found it gone, I was quite shocked.  I called the administration at Tierra del Sol, and when I asked what happened to Heather's tree, they had no idea WHO I was talking about.  The secretary said, "I don't know who that is."  I was quite taken back when she said that, considering the school district has the annual Heather O'Rourke Love of Reading Week.  Why she didn't connect the dots is beyond me.  I had a lump in my throat.  They had to make a few calls to find out the answer to my question.  It was someone who worked there for many decades who finally knew who I was talking about.  I was told that the tree had been removed during renovations to the campus around 2008.  They couldn't give the reason, such as some kind of tree disease, or if the tree was blocking access to anything.  To them, it was just a tree in the way that had to be removed.  That's very sad.  And even sadder that nothing was re-dedicated in her memory.  At least they still have the love of reading week in her honor.

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Another great and informative video John.  Thanks again for sharing this.  I wish her tree would have remained.

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6 hours ago, Ducky said:

Thank You for sharing that with us John 

You're very welcome!  Thanks for taking the time to watch!

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