The Council Oak is located on the property of First United Methodist Church, Round Rock, Texas. The tree is estimated to be well over 500 years old, and … at one time … served as a meeting place for the heads of the tribal council of the Tonkawa Indians. In the early years after the church was established, there was a cat that took up residence on the property. The cat was a smoky gray in color, and it greeted visitors every Sunday morning. He was given the name of “Holy Smoke” by church members. Upon his death, “Holy Smoke” was buried underneath the majestic Council Oak, and an engraved stone marks where he was laid to rest.
This photograph was taken early one morning just as the sun began to shine through the limbs of the old oak tree.