It was sad to loose the old silver maple on the corner of our property. But, the good news was, that it was in the county right of way, which saved us about $2000 for the price of taking it down.
It took three days to take it down. The first day was just taking down the wires around the branches.
Today they finished taking the rest of the tree down, and we realized how much we're truly going to miss it. It turned out it was partially hollow inside, which makes it hard to count the rings.
They sawed it off at the base and gave it a little nudge with the front end loader, and that was the end of that! The county even carted off the wood, but left a sizable amount of lawn damage, which they said they're going to fix up for us. I'm cautiously optimistic!