American elms have been associated with Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, William Penn, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Chief Logan, Kit Carson, and many others. This champion, called the Louis Vieux Elm, has also had its share of fame and glory. “Ol’ Looey” was a landmark along the Oregon Trail; is the sole tree in the country’s smallest state forest, which was created on its behalf; was featured in National Geographic; and was named for a Pottawatomie Indian leader.

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