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A View from the Capitol building.

Re-enactors gathered on the square In Corydon, Indiana over the 4th of July weekend to commemorate the 1816, signing of the Indiana State Constitution.

Indiana Territory Festival

July 4th Weekend, 2008

Corydon, Indiana

Photos by Jim and Kathy Cummings


The square, Federal-style limestone capitol building, built between 1814 and 1816, was originally intended to serve as the courthouse for Harrison County. Limestone was hauled from nearby quarries to erect the 40-foot square walls and poplar and walnut logs were cut from virgin forests for the ceiling and roof supports. In June of 1816, 43 delegates met in Corydon to draft the first state constitution. Much of their work was done under the shade of a huge elm tree. The trunk of the tree, now known as the “Constitution Elm,” is still standing. On August 5, 1816, the first state election was held and Jonathan Jennings was elected governor.

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