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‘It was like a funeral’—Wood cut from the Toomer’s Oaks Tuesday morning receives police escort en route to storage

The remains of the Toomer’s Oaks received a police escort, complete with sirens and flashing lights, en route to their temporary new home in a storage facility on campus.

“I definitely teared up,” said Auburn junior Maggie Rowland, who took the below photos of the procession. “It was like a funeral.”

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Despite not watching the oaks’ removal in person—”my stomach couldn’t handle it”—Rowland couldn’t escape what was happening at Toomer’s Corner this morning. In addition to seeing the trees drive past her, Rowland says a photo of her with her arms wrapped around the trunk of the College Street oak that made the wire services soon after Auburn fans learned that the oaks had been poisoned was used in ESPN’s morning coverage of the oaks’ removal.

The wood, and even the rhizomic shoots, from the oaks are being turned into souvenirs, and into a really fancy bowl.

Related: Thanks, Harvey.

More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: 

* That tree in the old picture of Toomer’s Corner is not one of the Toomer’s Oaks
* Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History
* Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?
* Auburn unveils new plans for Toomer’s Corner
* Incredible video of the final rolling of the Toomer’s Oaks shot from a drone
* What Auburn thought about Toomer’s toilet paper removal in 1979
* Auburn Creed written on toilet paper hanging from Toomer’s Oaks after final rolling

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