Indiana's Constitutional Elm Tree...
In June 1816, 43 delegates met in Corydon, Indiana to draft Indiana's Constitution. The stone Capital building was too hot so they worked under shade of a huge elm tree, now known as "Constitution Elm." The tree died in 1925 of Dutch Elm disease and was cut down in August of that year. Part of the trunk was left standing. The September 1930 view shows a roof built over the top of the trunk. Seven years later, a sandstone memorial surrounding the trunk was completed by Works Progress Administration labor. (Indianapolis Star file photo)
The tree is in the front yard of a log home that was built by Hiram Westfall in about 1810. The log home now has a 2 story frame addition (see last photo). The white frame house in the background is the house next to the property where the trunk of the Elm tree is located. The log house is to the left of this photo.
- Article & photos submitted by Joe Weiss