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Greensburg is a city in Decatur County, Indiana, United States. The population was counted at 11,492 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Decatur County.HistoryGreensburg was laid out in 1822. The founder's wife being a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania caused the name to be selected.The first post office at Greensburg opened in 1823, but the name of the post office was spelled Greensburgh until 1894.At the beginning of the twentieth century, race relations in Greensburg worsened, leading to the expulsion of African Americans from the city after race riots against them in 1906 and 1907. Greensburg then was for decades a sundown town, a town that was purposely all-white.Tree on the Courthouse TowerThe Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg is known for a tree which grows from the top of the Courthouse Tower, giving Greensburg its nickname, "Tree City".There have been one or more trees growing continually since the first tree was noticed in the early 1870s. Later, other small trees appeared on the clock tower.County officials were initially concerned that the trees would cause damage to the roof, and a steeplejack was hired in the 1880s to remove some of them. Two trees were left, with one ultimately growing to a height of nearly 15ft. By the time it died, another tree had appeared.Today, there are two trees on the tower. During a recent tree trimming a piece of the tree was examined by several Purdue University foresters and they positively identified the tree as a mulberry tree.
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