Landmarks That Have Been Destroyed By Tourists

Tree of Ténéré (Sahara Desert, Niger)

The Tree of Ténéré in 1961. Wikimedia / Valérie and Michel Mazeau

The Tree of Ténéré was the most isolated tree on the planet for 300 years. It was the only tree for 250 miles. But in 1973, a driver, rumored to be drunk, drove a truck into the tree, snapping its trunk and killing it. Today, a monument to the tree stands in the place where it used to be.