Last Day for Toomer's Corner Oaks

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By Ellis Eskew

It was a somber day in Auburn as fans and students said one last goodbye to the Toomer's Corner oak trees.

Saturday a record number of Auburn fans came to the A-day football game and gathered at Toomer's Corner...  for one last roll.

But now crews prepare to take down the beloved oaks.
And fans prepare to say goodbye.

"These trees mean a lot to the community as well as the Auburn family. I think a lot of times people forget about the community too. It's going to be really different to drive into campus and not have them here," said Auburn fan Grace Morris.
 

"It's sad. Incredibly sad. It's heartbreaking," said Cathy Taylor.

Taylor and her husband are lifelong Auburn fans and their son graduated for auburn as well.

 "They mean everything Auburn stands for. They are the comraderie of people. They are the joining together of people. They have just stood for a long time and brought us together at good times," said Taylor.
 

For senior Matt Dean, the trees mean the same thing.

"They are a real big symbol of the storied football Auburn has always had. Symbol of togetherness the fans really show when they support the football team," said Dean.

They say that Toomer's Corner captured the unique spirit, history, and identity of Auburn.
And nowhere were those stronger than here at Toomer's Corner, beneath the oaks.

Although the days have come to an end for the iconic trees, fans say the Auburn spirit will live on.

"I don't think one person can kill the spirit that we have and we'll manage to move through it and come up with something a little different but pretty much the same," said Morris.

And they have hope for the future.

 "I don't think they can be replaced, but they'll be new students and new days and new generations to come here and they'll have their new tradition," said Taylor.

After the trees are removed Tuesday morning, the University plans to turn pieces of the oak trees into commemorative items.
Auburn will install three concrete poles with wires for fans to roll until further plans are made to renovate the corner.

Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the oaks, has pleaded guilty.
He was fined and sentenced to three years in jail.



 

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