Thursday, 2 February 2017

When Giant Sequoias Were Sacrificed For Traveling Sideshows

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During the second half of the 19th century, when traveling sideshows were all the rage, the so-called wonders of the world were taken from city to city to be gazed upon by spectators aching to see bearded ladies, tattooed men, and other curiosities that often fed the colonialist fantasies of the Western mind.

But among many of the attractions included in such shows there was, at one point, an unlikely protagonist: the giant sequoia of the Sierra Nevada.

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