200-year-old elm tree cut down in Scarborough

Posted Oct. 16, 2011, at 9:33 a.m.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A nearly 200-year-old elm tree affectionately dubbed Elsa has been cut down.

The tree along busy Route 1 in Scarborough was taken down Saturday because the threat of falling limbs was becoming a danger to drivers and pedestrians.

The Portland Press Herald said some 20 people gathered to watch as workers with chain saws took down the tree limb by limb.

Elsa was survivor of the Dutch elm disease outbreak that wiped out tens of millions of elms across the country beginning in the 1920s.

But on Saturday she met the same fate as Yarmouth’s 217-year-old elm nicknamed Herbie, which was cut down last year after a long battle with Dutch elm disease.

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