Introduced Version



        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring the city of Greensburg on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its establishment.


    _______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session of the 116th General Assembly (2009)


        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring the city of Greensburg on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its establishment.

    Whereas, The tract of land that is now Decatur County was divided out of the area known as the New Purchase in 1821 and named for naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur;

    Whereas, Shortly after this, a court was established, government was set up, and the site of a county seat was chosen and named Greensburg after a town in Pennsylvania;

    Whereas, What was to become Greensburg's most famous landmark was first discovered early in the 1870s;

    Whereas, Citizens began to notice a small sprig on the northwest corner of the courthouse tower; it was soon discovered that there were five sprigs growing 110 feet above the courthouse lawn level;

    Whereas, It was first feared that the trees would cause permanent damage to the tower roof, and a steeplejack was employed to help workers ascend the building and remove some of the trees;

    Whereas, Of the two remaining trees, one attained a height of about 15 feet and a diameter of about five inches at the base; at the same time, another tree made an appearance on the southeast corner of the tower and grew to a considerable height;

    Whereas, The brave men of Decatur County camped out on the courthouse lawn to defend their families from threats of a possible attack by Morgan's Raiders during the Civil War;

    Whereas, The Courthouse lawn is decorated with a variety of markers and monuments, including a monument to the soldiers of the Civil War, a memorial elm to honor the local corps of the G.A.R., a boulder with a tablet honoring Colonel Thomas Hendricks, the city's founder, and another boulder with a bronze tablet containing a replica of the Maltese cross honoring the memory of the Spanish War veterans; in the corridor of the building, there is a bronze tablet dedicated to Commodore Stephen Decatur, the man for whom the county is named;

    Whereas, The Decatur County Historical Museum is located in Greensburg along with a public library built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie and now used for city government offices;

    Whereas, The city of Greensburg, with a population of 10,260, is a city on the move, with a new federal building and post office, a community gymnasium that seats 4,000, a National Guard Armory, a Y.M.C.A. that is one of the finest in Indiana, and the Decatur Memorial Hospital; and

    Whereas, The Indiana General Assembly wishes to recognize the value of Greensburg's historic past and the continuing contribution of its citizens to the life of this state: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly congratulates the people of Greensburg on its sesquicentennial and wishes them continued success.
    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert.