...my earliest personal recollection of knowing about this tree is from National Geographic magazine, and books. Did anybody else hear about this? I only just found out a few minutes ago
This is not the famous one from Yellowstone, however.
This is just a quick comment, but the July 1964 issue of NGM shows 2 (of 3) of the sequoia's that were known for being tunnel, or "drive-through" trees.
see here, NGM:
and, AP Press:
I didn't know about this until your post. So sad.
Quite so... //sigh//
Actually had a picture taken of me next to that tree in 2007. Times are a changing.