These big guys were contemporaries of "Old Granddaddy"

These big guys were contemporaries of "Old Granddaddy"

Although it’s hard to determine a saguaro’s age, it was estimated that when “Old Granddaddy,” succumbed to bacterial necrosis, the cactus was over 300 years old. But, it was certainly not the only ancient cacti in the region to have seen two centuries come and go.

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Grand One, above, a saguaro cactus located in the Horseshoe Lake area northeast of Scottsdale, Ariz., was probably very close to 200 when this photo was taken in 2003.

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This 230-year-old saguaro at Tangerine and La Canada was relocated for a road improvement project in 2002.

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This saguaro, located near the Vulture Mine outside the town of Wickenburg, Ariz. was in the National Register of Big Trees. Believed to be over 200 years old, it was felled by in 1997 by lightning.

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This crested or cristate saguaro was located in the western foothills of the Galiuro Mountains. It was photographed in 1975.

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Although not a saguaro, this ancient cardon cactus was definitely a contemporary of “Old Granddaddy.” It was found in Sonora.

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Once it became obvious that “Old Granddaddy,” in the Saguaro National Park East, was dying, this warning was posted in 1992.

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“Old Granddaddy” was estimated to be over 300 years old. At one time, this stately saguaro had 45 limbs. But, by 1994, it was returning to the soil that had nourished it all those years.

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