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State exhibit features famous La Vernia tree

State exhibit features famous La Vernia tree
This photo of the Deaf Smith Oak near La Vernia is part of a new exhibit at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center in Austin, “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas,” which runs through Sept. 5.

The Deaf Smith Oak is among 21 trees featured in a new exhibit in Austin, highlighting the “living witness” various trees have been in the history of the Lone Star State.

According to, “High up in this tall live oak, which commands a wide view of the surrounding countryside, Erastus “Deaf” Smith is supposed to have spied on Mexican troops which were camped on Cibolo Creek,” during the Texas revolution after the Mexican army tried to recover a cannon from Gonzales.

This famous tree is on private property, but visitors can see it by calling the property owner, Mary Scull, at 830-779-3251. To visit, from the La Vernia City Hall, go north on F.M. 775 for 1.9 miles, then take a left on Circle-N Lane. The tree is .45 miles down the right-hand lane, just west of the dairy silos, in a field 50 yards from the lane.

For more on the “Living Witness” exhibit, call 512-305-8400 or visit

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