Year: 380,000,000 years ago
380 million years ago, the Town of Gilboa, not far from Albany, was a tropical paradise on the shore of an ancient sea.
The township was founded in 1848. It was a manufacturing town. The town's cotton mill was a major contributor to the early local economy. It was destroyed by a flood in 1869.
In 1870, workers blasting a site for a stone quarry found fossilized remains of tree stumps. In 2004, the tops and fronds of the trees were discovered and, in 2007, the fern-like trees, named Wattieza, were pronounced the oldest known trees on earth.