Despite the popular belief that the Texas Panhandle is an arid, featureless wasteland, there are plenty of trees. One of the earliest trees planted was Cree’s tree, east of Amarillo. Here, a man named Cree planted a sapling of a bois d’ arc tree by his dugout home. The original tree died in 1969, a victim of an agricultural chemical. Residents of the county replanted a similar tree on the spot as a tribute to those early, dogged pioneers. Today, the tree is marked by memorials.