19650706WashingtonParkElmRemoval

Published July 7, 1965: "The Lady Tree," a stately elm in Dubuque's Washington Park, was cut down Tuesday after it was found to have Dutch elm disease. A crowd was on hand to watch a Park Department crew bring it down. The tree, more than 12 feet in circumference at its base, was known as "The Lady Tree" because its roots swirled like the folds of an old-fashioned party gown. The tree is one of three victims of the fatal disease in Washington Park. The disease has been detected in 239 trees in the city so far this year, and the toll is expected to rise much higher.