A century-old staple of downtown Newton is gone.
Landscapers were forced to cut down a 100-year-old maple tree outside the 1924 Courthouse on the downtown square on Thursday. The tree is dead and suffered root rot, said Catawba County Finance Director Rodney Miller.
“The cooperative extension looked at it and diagnosed it with root rot,” he said, adding that the stress of piled-up dirt and foot traffic over the years led to the problem.
Miller said the county didn’t see any other stress or problems with the other maple trees in the area.
“I just hate it because it’s an old and beautiful tree,” Miller said.
Wise Landscaping and Tree Service was contracted to cut the tree down.
Company owner Travis Wise suspects the tree was 100 years old.
“I hate to see this old tree go,” he said.