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Corydon in Harrison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Branches of History

 
 
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Inscription.  Corydon’s Constitution Elm stood a few blocks to the north of Indiana’s first capitol. The huge elm tree, about 50 feet high and spread over 130 feet, offered cooling shade from the summer sun. When the framers of the Indiana Constitution met during the sweltering June days of 1816 they st under the tree.

An elm disease killed the tree in 1925, and only the trunk remains at the Constitution Elm Memorial. Pieces of the tree were sold as souvenirs. In 1937, a protective sandstone memorial was erected over the trunk.

The Constitution Convention was attended by 43 representatives from the territory. When preparing Indian’s state laws they relied heavily on existing constitutions, especially those of Ohio and Kentucky.

Indiana’s first capitol, completed in 1816 at a cost of $3000, was designed for use as Harrison County Courthouse. but housed the General Assembly and Supreme Court until the capital was moved to Indianapolis in 1825.
 
Location. 38° 12.807′ N, 86° 7.645′ W. Marker is in Corydon, Indiana, in Harrison County. Marker

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By Tony Ganson, August 4, 2019
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is on West High Street, on the right when traveling west. marker is next to the Constitution Elm Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W High St,, Corydon IN 47112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Constitution Elm (here, next to this marker); Dedicated In Everlasting Tribute (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harrison County Jail (about 700 feet away); World War I (about 700 feet away); Battle of Corydon (about 700 feet away); Downtown Corydon (about 700 feet away); Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corydon.
 
Categories. Government & Politics
 
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By Tony Ganson, August 4, 2019
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marker as seen from across the street
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By Tony Ganson, August 4, 2019
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picture on marker, the tree
Branches of History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tony Ganson, August 4, 2019
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second picture on marker,; assembly under the tree
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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