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Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Hanging Tree

 
 
The Hanging Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
1. The Hanging Tree Marker
Inscription. On September 14, 1897, a vigilante committee stormed the Ripley County Jail, shot and hung five men on the branches of an elm tree just north of here at the edge of the cemetery. These desperadoes were members of a gang that had robbed and terrorized people of the county. The infamous "hanging tree" was soon dismantled by souvenir hunters. This was one of the last vigilante hangings in Indiana.
 
Erected by Ripley Co. Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 4.383′ N, 85° 14.967′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Indiana, in Ripley County. Marker is at the intersection of East 2nd North Street and North Monroe Street, on the left when traveling east on East 2nd North Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at an entrance to the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Versailles IN 47042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gordons Leap (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General John Morgan (about 700 feet away); Morgan's Raid (about 700 feet away); Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (about 700 feet away); Ripley County Veterans Memorial
The Hanging Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 14, 2016
2. The Hanging Tree Marker
(about 700 feet away); Stephen S. Harding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Masonic Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ripley County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
 
Also see . . .  Five Robbers are Lynched in Indiana. (Submitted on November 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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