I noticed this old tree on one of my first walks in the current neighborhood and couldn't wait to return with a friend and tape measure in hand. Today I finally measured it and the trunk is 35 feet around. Thus, it would take 6-7 people with their arms stretched like me in this photo, to circle the tree. I wish I knew enough about trees to be able to estimate the age from that bit of information. Hopefully, someone will read this who can provide greater insight.
The tree is located is in the old part of town, with victorian houses across the street. I suspect that it was here before the houses were built. My logic for this is that the eucalyptus trees in Burlingame, CA (my old neighborhood) are around 100 years old and about 1/3 the size.
I imagine the history of the tree, and am reminded of the book Talks with Trees from Leslie Cabarga. In the book, Leslie communicates with an old eucalyptus tree in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The tree shares about the changes that have taken place over time such as the difference in air quality and the increase in noise from car traffic. I imagine that this tree has had a similar experience. In it's early life it existed in a field with other creatures and few people. Then the town was built. Now there are tens of thousands of people. The tree also reminds Leslie of it's cosmic connection to the sun, earth and moon. The tree's connection is much greater because it does not have all of the daily distractions that the majority of humans have running around here and there. It is a valuable reminder though, that our primordial essence with the cosmos is what connects us all. Slowing down and making a connection with the universe is an important part of understanding who we really are.