Storm Cleanup Continues at Historic Site

The uprooted tree stumps could still be seen this week on the side lot of the Kendrick Mansion. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
The uprooted tree stumps could still be seen this week on the side lot of the Kendrick Mansion. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Another view. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Another view. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

The early evening wind storm that blew through Sheridan more than a week ago, downed a couple of century-old fur trees and topped off another at the Kendrick Mansion historic site in Sheridan.

The good news, according to site managers, is that no one was hurt when the trees uprooted and fell across Victoria Street on the site's north side, but one did fall on the only vehicle parked on the street. Sharie Prout, the site curator and assistant superintendent, said she was there, at the time, along with Superintendent Cynde Georgen.

She said she was surprised at how shallow the root systems were on the trees that went down, considering how tall they were. And though they were planted as a windbreak from north winds when the mansion was built by cattle baron John B. Kendrick, they couldn't withstand the wind because the force came from the opposite direction.

At this point, she said, the area's been cleaned up, but they haven't planned, yet, what to do next.

As for the cost of damages, that has not yet been assessed, and will not be a city expenditure. The historic site is owned and operated by the state. No damage was caused to the mansion, which is a Flemish Revival style, that covers nearly 14,000-square feet on the hill looking over Sheridan on Clarendon Avenue.

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