Looking at and learning about Florida’s Old Growth Bald Cypress Trees is amazing and well worth the effort to visit one of the last remaining stands of these trees at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. These trees can grow upwards of 300 feet tall, weigh several tons and measure over twenty feet around their trunks. Many of them date back to the time Christopher Columbus discovered America over 500 years ago. The strength of these trees as well as their pest and insect resistance made them a prized commodity for home and ship building during the 19th and 20th Century’s. Railroads were built into the swamps that covered Florida in order to pull the logs cut from these trees out to drier areas where they could be transported to sawmills. The cypress logs were then transformed into decking and masts for ships, floors and siding for homes and other uses. The last stands of these trees now reside in the swampy preserves of Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina.