The General Noble Tree

House made out of section of trunk of the General Noble Tree.

The General Noble Tree was a Giant Sequoia tree located in the Converse Basin Grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument. It was cut down in 1892 to create an exhibit for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With a ground perimeter of 95 feet, it was the second largest tree in the Converse Basin Grove (after the Boole Tree) and was the largest tree ever cut down.

Other notable occurrences at the Chicago World’s Fair:

Eadweard Muybridge gave a series of lectures on the Science of Animal Locomotion in the Zoopraxographical Hall, built specially for that purpose on Midway Plaisance. He used his zoopraxiscope to show his moving pictures to a paying public. The hall was the first commercial movie theater.

The General Electric Company (backed by Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan) had proposed to power the electric exhibits with direct current at the cost of US$1.8 million. After this was initially rejected as exorbitant, General Electric re-bid their costs at $554,000. However, Westinghouse, armed with Nikola Tesla’s alternating current system, proposed to illuminate the Columbian Exposition in Chicago for $399,000, and Westinghouse won the bid.

The hamburger was introduced to the United States[citation needed]

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