MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — High winds have taken down the top of an old cottonwood known as a "hanging tree" in Medora.

A 15-foot-tall section of trunk is all that remains of the tree in front of Medora's post office.

Ed Sahlstrom, assistant site supervisor for the Chateau de Mores, tells The Bismarck Tribune the cottonwood was probably the oldest tree in Medora and appears in photos from the 1800s.

There is no record of a hanging ever occurring in Medora, but the tree mistakenly became known as a "hanging tree" following the verdict of a controversial murder trial during wild West days.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com