Oldest tree was here before city’s founder

Measuring 202 inches in circumference and at an estimated 193 years of age, the Silver Maple in the front yard of Patricia and Louise Bartusek at 211 First Ave. SE was judged to be the Oldest Tree in New Prague.

Bruzek Funeral Home and Trees Plus sponsored the Oldest Tree in New Prague contest as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. With the many entries, it was learned that there are still plenty of trees in the area that were here when Anton and Clara Yackly Philipp arrived in the New Prague area in 1856.

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