The Kane Pine


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Dr. Elisha Kent Kane


Elisha Kent Kane arrived in Brattleboro in the last week in August 1856, to enjoy the beneficial Wesselhoeft Water Cure, following his second Grinnell Expedition to find the lost Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin.


Dr. Kane walked every day to the Cold Spring, and on these Asylum grounds he preferred to rest below an immense old-growth pine tree. The explorer fashioned a seat that encircled the pine. Kane carved his name into the bark. He booked passage for England on October 11, 1856 and never returned, but the "Kane Pine" became his American memorial.


In January 1910, the Kane Pine circumference was measured at eighteen and one half feet, and the diameter was roughly five and a half feet. It was 115 feet tall and standing alone at the northern extremity of the Brattleboro Retreat forest reserve.


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