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Piñon in front of Douglas Courthouse safe from ax

The piñon pine tree in front of thehistoric Douglas County Courthouse. The courthouse will celebrate the centennial of its construction next year.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A piñon pine standing behind the flagpole in front of the historic Douglas County courthouse is safe.

In a memo to county employees obtained by The Record-Courier, Interim County Manager Larry Werner said the county will not be cutting down the tree.

The rumor that the tree might be in danger surfaced after a meeting about celebrating the courthouse’s centennial.

According to Werner’s note, someone asked about the tree, it was asked that the county hire a licensed arborist to inspect the tree.

“At no time during that discussion was a decision made to remove the tree, nor are we contemplating doing so,” Werner said in a memo.

Moving the Douglas County seat out of Genoa was approved by the 1915 Legislature, which ordered a bond to build a new courthouse in the town of Minden.

Work was completed in time for the official move date of Jan. 1, 1916.

Estimates are that the tree is about 50 years old, having been planted around the time that the courthouse was celebrating its 50th anniversary.