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Greensburg makes repairs, preserves iconic courthouse tree

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 21:32:19-04

GREENSBURG, Ind. – The iconic tree growing out of the Decatur County courthouse roof has been covered by scaffolding as a repair project takes place.

Community members expressed concern about the health of the landmark, but city officials said the tree is healthy. The scaffolding was placed in order to repair stone on the tower of the courthouse.

"There's leaking. There's rain water. There is water coming in somewhere,” said Janet Chadwell, county auditor. "Tree is very fine. It's healthy."

Crews said they aren’t sure if the stone damaged is linked to the tree’s roots, but Chadwell said the city wants to preserve the tree.


“It's pretty much the town's folklore. Everyone comes and talks about the tree,” she said.

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