Thanks Poly: This 1961 picture is the way it looked when I was driving it in high school.
Here is the way it looked in Santa Monica in 1978 when I'd done a partial restoration: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19773027
Thanks Poly: The old cars in Cuba are a great attraction for Americans.
One of the first things I noticed abt this picture when I scanned it a few years ago was that my father parked the Chevy going the wrong way - which would have gotten him a ticket in California.
A mile or so north in the next deep canyon are some better looking trees in the Owings Memorial Grove.
Transcription of the inscription: Before you to the westward lies the historic Whitebird Battleground of the Nez Perce Indian War in which thirty-five men gave up their lives in service for their country. June 17, 1877.
Beneath this shaft lies one of those brave men laid to rest where he fell.
After 42k visits I fear it is not very clean inside...
The Sierra Redwood is taller than the Coast Redwood in soil that is probably pH neutral or slightly acidic. But then, I have no way of telling when the two trees were planted. At least this Coast Redwood looks healthier than most of the other ones in southern England which are growing in alkaline soil.
There are quite a few Rhododendrons and Azaleas growing around the church grounds, so I assume the soil in Ampfield ranges from neutral to slightly acidic. The Coast Redwoods seem to like it better than the normal alkaline soil of southern England. The Sierra Redwoods seem to do well in both types of soil, and at low altitudes besides.