Lone Cypress Tree Pebble Beach Stands As Sentinel

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Lone Cypress Tree Pebble Beach Stands As Sentinel
Lone Cypress Tree Pebble Beach Stands As Sentinel at the Cypress Point Lookout along the 17 Mile Drive inside Pebble Beach.  Stop  among the scenic attractions along the 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach and you will see the Lone Cypress, a salt-pruned Monterey cypress (macrocarpa) tree which is the official symbol of Pebble Beach.

Standing on a granite hillside off California’s scenic 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach, the Lone Cypress is a western icon, and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. The tree is located between Cypress Point Golf Course and the Pebble Beach Golf Links, two of world’s most well known golf courses. Possibly as old as 250 years, the cypress has been scarred by fire and has been held in place with cables for 65 years. The Cypress Tree stands at stop 16, where you find about two dozen parking spaces lining the two-lane road. Above the surf, rocks and foliage, there’s a wooden observation deck, and nearby there’s a fenced private home that has stood within 200 feet of the tree for about half a century. (It was a woman in this home, Frances Larkey, who saw the flames and called authorities when an unknown arsonist set the tree afire in 1984.) And out there on the rock, there’s the Lone Cypress.The Monterey Cypress grows naturally only in Pebble Beach and Point Lobos.

A drawing of the tree was registered as Pebble Beach Company’s trademark in 1919. The company said the trademark protected not only the logo but also the tree itself.

This landmark is the best view point among all of the vantage points of the 17 miles drive, Monterey, Ca. As one of the California’s most enduring landmarks, The Lone Cypress Tree has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years. This icon of fortitude has inspired many and is revered as the eternal symbol of Pebble Beach Company. For more information about stop number 16 in Pebble Beach, follow this link to the Los Angeles Times article written by Christopher Reynolds http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-postcards-lone-cypress-20130519-dto-htmlstory.html