Henry Thoreau, an 19th century poet, wrote of "boundless chestnut woods." Then, a blight came and just about wiped them out. Every dead tree in this photo is a chestnut tree.
1799 - European chestnuts imported from France to NJ.
1876 - First Japanese chestnuts imported to Queens, NY.
1903 - First Chinese chestnuts imported to Boston, MA.
1904 - Blight found in New York City.
1930s Nearly all American chestnuts dead from blight north of North Carolina and east of Ohio.
1930 - Efforts to produce resistant hybrids begin in Hamden, CT