The tree thought to have inspired Theodor Seuss Geisel's 1971 book The Lorax has fallen down. The Monterey Cypress tree stood for 80 to 100 years at Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla, California, Geisel's home for almost 50 years. From CNN:
Tim Graham (of the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department) said there is "no definitive cause on why it fell..."
The city plans to salvage the large trunk section in hopes of repurposing it, Graham said.