Magnificent Missouri is celebrating our 10th birthday this fall and we’ve found the perfect way to celebrate. Near Columbia in central Missouri, just a half-mile from the Missouri River, grows the largest bur oak tree in Missouri. It is over 350 years old, already a giant of a tree when Lewis and Clark passed by in 1804.

With the help of a lot of people, the Forrest Keeling Nursery has grown seven trees from cuttings taken from another tree grown from the McBaine bur oak. We will be planting these genetically identical trees at locations along the Katy Trail; in the Washington, Missouri Riverfront Park; at the Ted and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park; and in Forest Park.

A birthday gift from Magnificent Missouri to the future!