A Tree Grows in Greensburg

There is a tree growing out of the Decatur County, Indiana courthouse. It’s Greensburg’s #1 attraction on TripAdvisor. Allegedly, birds are responsible. Remarkably, it is actually the second tree to grow on the roof. What else is there to say about a spectacle like this?


What other towns have a one-of-a-kind sight to see (and maybe nothing else)?


11 responses to “A Tree Grows in Greensburg

  1. Somehow, Juliann, it looks a bit evil. But that is its winter clothing, or lack thereof, I am sure. I have to think that someone loves that tree, has nourished it for years. You can only wonder about the amount of soil is needed to grow it. Much more interesting than having bats in your belfry. 🙂 –Curt

    • Haha. It has oddly become a tourist attraction, though there’s nothing to do but look at it. When I saw it, I had momentary flashbacks to the tree roots growing under my house that caused havoc. Makes me wonder about the tree roots in the courthouse.

      • I’d be attracted. 🙂 Tree roots do have a way of going where they want to, don’t they. Yesterday I was loading gravel into my truck to repair some road damage done by the recent storms. The gravel had been sitting there for a couple of years. Tree roots were everywhere! –Curt

  2. Does it find ways to nourish itself or do people have to go and water it to keep it alive? It does feel slightly sinister, with all those branches sneaking out of the side of that tower.

  3. Oh man, I empathize with the poor city. Can’t be good for the roof, but who wants to cut down the top tourist attraction and local favorite? Plus, a tree growing above a courthouse? Gotta be a metaphor in there somewhere…

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