The Real Story of Prometheus"
In August of 1963 Johnny Eldridge, Fred Solace, Roy Goodwin and I worked
for the Humboldt National Forest.
We along with University of Utah core
sampler experts cut down some trees they had determined to be
living Bristle cone pine trees still alive. In all 3 trees were cut. the oldest
from the core sample was picked as it was still a living tree. The other two
were determined to be dead.
Johnny and I set out to cut the slices from
the trees with two chain saws the Forest service used for trail
We had to re-do the gas and oil mixture and fiddle with the
carburetors to even get them to run at that altitude let alone do the job.
On the one that the National Park Service has deemed "Prometheus"
several slices were taken,
if memory serves me correct there were at least 3
slices and maybe more because some of them were cut uneven and some broke before
the cut was finished.
Johnny and I ran the saws and Roy Goodwin (the Maintenance
forman),told us what trees to cut. Fred Solace was the Assistant District Forest Ranger
coordinating the project with the University People.
The slices were loaded
on pack-horses and carefully packed down the mountain by Wesley Jordon who was
with the Forest Service trail crew in the area.
I returned to the area in
1987 to see if I could get some photos as there was some controversy
over who possessed and where the slabs were displayed.
I took some photos
and again 10 years later
in 1997 on a trip to show my children where it all took place.
The first slab I remember being displayed in
the Hotel Nevada by Bud Simpson. Later on I think it was either donated by him
to the then Newly Built Bristle cone Center in Ely or another piece was displayed there
, I am not sure which.
Anyway the display now resides in Baker at the
Great Basin National Park Visitor Center for everyone to enjoy.
is purported to be more than 4,600 years old, add to that another 49 years As
the last time I saw the tree it was still alive.