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Wood lottery gives citizens a chance to own piece of historic Osage-Orange Tree

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CHATTANOOGA, TB (WRCB) -- Chattanooga residents can now own a piece of treasured city history.

The Chattanooga Department of Public Works will conduct a wood lottery Thursday, March 28th.

Among the wood in the lottery is the old and massive Osage-Orange Tree which uprooted on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn last fall.

The tree was planted on the courthouse lawn in the 1870s and has been there ever since until it unexpectedly fell in September 2012.

Small souvenir size pieces will be given away on first come first serve basis. Individuals wanting souvenir pieces should plan on arriving at 9:00 a.m. and need not participate in the general lottery.   

Larger pieces from the tree will be available in the lottery.

Names will be drawn starting at 10:00 a.m. People whose names are chosen should bring appropriate transportation to haul away the wood. Some of the lots of wood weigh several hundred pounds. A few of the larger pieces weigh several tons. All wood will be given away free of charge. 

Other wood included in the lottery will be black cherry, boxelder and walnut that was collected from fallen trees or trees that were removed for other projects.

This event will take place on Moccasin Bend at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In case of inclement weather the lottery will be held on Thursday, April 4th at the same location and time. 

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