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Credit: Jodie Snavely with the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Famous 'Shawshank' tree falls in Ohio



A tree that will live forever in cinematic history has fallen, according to CNN. 

The white oak made famous by the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" fell near Mansfield, Ohio, earlier this week. 

The tree made its cinematic debut in 1994 when Morgan Freeman's character followed clues to the tree where he then digs up a box, according to CNN. Inside the box he finds a letter and cash to buy bus ticket to see Andy Dufresne, a friend who escaped from prison and hid out in Mexico. 

Dufresne had told Freeman's character, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, that the tree was where he proposed to his wife. 

"Promise me, Red. If you ever get out... find that spot," Dufresne told Redding in the movie. 

Stephen King's original manuscript placed the tree in a field in Buxton, Maine, but in reality, the tree in the movie was in Richland County, Ohio. 

The tree was damaged five years ago when it was struck by lightning, according to CNN. 

Jodie Snavely with the Mansfield & Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau told CNN the rest of the tree fell Friday because of high winds. 

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