Tree Loved by Helen Keller Is Cut Down in Alabama

An oak tree in Alabama that Helen Keller loved as a child had to be cut down.

The oak stood for more than 200 years, but it was hollowed by decay and infested with insects causing the city of Tuscumbia to bring it down with chainsaws on Monday.

"Isn't that the saddest thing?" Sue Pilkilton, the executive director Ivy Green, Tuscumbia, said.

Keller, born in 1880 and left blind and deaf by illness, enjoyed climbing the tree as a child.

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