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Old Tree Cut Down At Old Corydon Capital

Last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

(CORYDON) - Residents of the southern Indiana town that was the state’s first capital couldn’t stop officials from removing a decades-old tree in front of the old capitol building.

A crew cut down the black walnut tree in downtown Corydon on Monday as a small group of residents watched.

Indiana historic sites executive Kathleen McClary tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville that the tree's roots were damaging a nearby sidewalk and the town's drainage system, prompting concerns of moisture damage to the capitol building that was finished in 1816.

She says records show the walnut tree and others were planted in the 1950s.

Corydon Town Manager Fred Cammack says he was never notified about any problems from the tree and that he thought its removal was unnecessary.

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