The first tree planted in the state of Oklahoma was the Paradise Tree. It was brought over from France by A. P. Chouteau, son of Jean Pierre, in 1802 and planted by Major Jean Pierre Chouteau.
Auguste Peirre Chouteau graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1806, but after six months he resigned the Army to join his family in the fur business. A. P.'s life as an Indian trader was not financially successful, but he became a great arbitrator for the government and trusted friend of many Indain nations.
This tree is still living and is located on the southwest side of Ferry Street in Salina, right next to part of the Lake Hudson dike.
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