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Jacksonville's Treaty Oak

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Treaty Oak was part of an amusement complex named Dixieland Park from 1907 into the 1930s. When the park closed the city wanted to cut down the Giant Oak and turn the park into office buildings. A local newspaperman named Pat Moran had a fondness for the tree so he invented and printed a fanciful story involving white settlers and Seminole Indians who met under the tree to sign their first and only peace treaty. Treaty Oak became a hysterical historical legend but it is the Oaks fantasy reputation that saved it.