McFarland’s Fig Tree

Everyone is familiar with John McFarland the builder. He built some of Galt’s earliest structures and, if he didn’t build it, he financed it. McFarland was also a rancher with thousands of acres of wheat and barley that was shipped to market by the ton. He also had a bit of a green thumb when it came to figs. Pictured is John McFarland’s famous fig tree. It was in the back yard of his house and covered an area of about 10,000 square feet. Visitors would marvel at its size and production of figs. No one knows what he did with his crop. As can be seen in the photo, wood poles held up sections of branches. The weight of each branch must have been enormous. It isn’t known what happened to the fig tree, but there is a small section still in existence.