Indiana Photo of the Day - Constitution Elm - Corydon, IN
During the summer of 1816, forty-three delegates gathered to write the first
Indiana Constitution. The weather was hot and sultry. The delegates gathered under a massive elm tree to draft the Constitution in its cool shade. The tree outlasted that Constitution, which the State replaced with a new one in 1851. The tree died of Dutch Elm Disease in 1925. Workers removed the limbs and coated the trunk with tar to preserve it. It now resides in a sandstone monument a short distance from the first State House. Small pieces of this elm are still for sale in the gift shop.
© Paul Wonning 2016