I’m not sure how I missed this before now, as I’ve been by it any number of times. This rather large tree stump sits at the side of E. Ida St (near were it crosses 4th Ave.)… literally in the road itself. Well, the gravel part of the road, that is. Odd. I like it.
In fact, Google Maps Street View has a great shot of it, if you want to see it in context. I recommend it.
Important late breaking info! Awesome local person (and sometimes guest photographer) John Brandt offered up info about da stump:
That’s the stump of the Lawrence Sprecker maple. The City of Stayton had it taken down because they thought it was a hazard to cars and pedestrians.
[It was cut down] probably about ten years ago. They had a difficult time cutting it down because Mr Sprecker (he was a long time editor of the Stayton Mail and lived in the yellow house in the background) had filled the cavity in the trunk with concrete. They used to do that as a way to prevent decomposition–it never worked but it sure was hard on chainsaws.