Two photographs show the bent hickory tree that is rooted at both ends. One includes the mess hall in the background and two shirtless C.C.C. workers sitting upon the tree.
Included with these photographs is a letter and envelope from Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which states that this item will be depicted in the Believe It or Not cartoons on about November 14, 1935. The address on the envelope shows that the photographer, John D.Howell, was at C.C.C. Camp 3464, Cumberland Homesteads, in Crossville, TN.
All photos from “Volunteer Voices: The Growth of Democracy in Tennessee” / Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville