The Goliath Tree fell in December 1861 during a heavy wind storm in the night. Its collapse was interpreted as an earthquake by Alexander Jackson "Trapper" Smith, who was passing the blustery night a quarter mile away in the Smith Cabin Tree. The approximate volume of the tree was probably near 24,350 cubic feet prior to its fall. Its dbh when standing would have been approximately 20 feet, and its diameter at ground level would have been about 22 feet. Nearly 180 feet of it still lies almost intact and with a significant amount of bark on it, and at that length from its base it still measures approximately 8 feet in diameter.