Jun 1, 2015 8:47 PM by Charlene Cheng
Visiting Ide Adobe State Historic Park in Red Bluff is like jumping back in time.
"When you look around, you can almost feel the history, you can smell them tanning hides and doing what they did back then," said Barbara Fullen, a frequent visitor to the park.
The historical landmark features an 1850's adobe house built by one of California's early settlers.
But as of last July, it's been fenced off after a 400-year-old oak tree collapsed on top of the building.
"The roof that was on it was completely destroyed, it has to be replaced," said Michelle Weigel, a member of the Ide Adobe Interpretive Association.
The bill to repair it? Park officials say it'll cost over $600,000.
Volunteers have launched a letter writing campaign to state representatives, in hopes that funding will be allocated for the next fiscal year.
"We're asking the public to make some noise, and be a squeaky wheel and see if we can get the attention and have it funded," Weigel said.
Removing the rest of an oak tree this size would be quite a difficult task.
So far, park officials have no plans to attempt that.
"For us, this tree shaded the entire park. It was very nice and very pleasant when we had Adobe Days in the summertime. It was nice because we had shade," Weigel said.
Visitors are still welcome to the park.
But until the money comes in, part of our local inheritance is lost for the time being.
"It has so much history. It's such a huge part of our community. Our community is based around this piece of property," Fullen said.