Indiana has several historic and beautiful county courthouses. The old courthouse in Greensburg is notable not only for its architecture, but also the tree growing out of the top of its tower. The current Decatur County Courthouse was completed in 1861. About ten years later, people began noticing some branches sticking out of the roof on the tower. Five different trees appeared to be growing on the roof of the courthouse tower.
In the 1880s, a worker was sent up to the top of the tower for fear of damage to the building. Three of the trees were removed, leaving a pair to continue growing. One of the trees died and is now on display at the County Historical Society. The tower continues to have a tree growing out of the roof. Workers recently went up to the roof to check on the tree and trim back some of its branches. After being tested by Purdue University, the species was identified as mulberry. No one knows how seeds got up to the roof or how a tree has managed to survive for so long in such a strange environment, but people from all around stop in Greensburg to marvel at the tower tree.
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