During a summer thunderstorm that took down many trees in the area, it also took down a massive white oak tree. This is significant as the tree stood tall for close to 200 years before the campus of the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan began growing up around it.

This tree would be about 350-400 years old, and would mean that anyone that came on campus passed by the tree as its older than the USA.

A small portion of the centuries old tree remains between the MSU Museum and Linton Hall in the West circle area of campus and the majority of the tree was harvested by MSU grounds staff shortly after the July 8 storm.  Lansing State Journal has more about it.