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
the oldest 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 building.

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 then



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.
The display 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.