Coeur d'Alene's original "Freedom Tree" was initially planted to stop development on Tubbs Hill. In October of 1972 it was rededicated as a Freedom Tree after Captain Fred McMurray was shot down by the North Vietnamese and was held as a Prisoner of War. The original Freedom Tree was removed during the McEuen Park renovation. This carving is from the trunk of that tree.
The Freedom Tree carving was commissioned by the Parks Department, with funding coming from the McEuen Park fund. It is not part of the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission public art collection.