The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 15, 2013

Spruce tree in Big Spring Park is gone

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — The 40-foot Norway spruce in Big Spring Park that has served as a community Christmas tree for decades is no more.

Workers with Neosho Tree Service on Friday morning methodically stripped the tree of its limbs before toppling what remained of the trunk.

Drought is thought to have been the cause of the tree’s death. It had one last Christmas before it was cut down.

During the annual lighting ceremony in Big Spring Park, the person selected as Citizen of the Year has been given the honor of flipping the switch. The first task of the tree service workers on Friday was removing the Christmas lights.

Wes Franklin, city spokesman, said he counted around 30 rings on the tree.