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Although this bridge has four spans, the low rise of the arches and the shortness of these spans make this a small, low-lying bridge. The bridge's stone spandrel walls appear to retain historic integrity, but the arch ring has been altered by the addition of concrete and later a corrugated steel lining as well.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
Stone arches were not typically designed with segmental rings. Few of Decatur County's segmental stone arches are multispan and fewer yet have so little rise.
Local craftsmen built most of Indiana's stone arches from regional materials just before or in the first fifteen years of the twentieth century. Most stonemasons preferred full-centered or semicircular arches in
which the line of pressure passes through the center of each stone in the arch ring until carried vertically into the substructure. In some cases, though, masons erected segmental arches in which the intrados is less than half a
circle. To function successfully, segmental arches require the substructure to accommodate some horizontal as well as some vertical pressure.
In March 1872, the Decatur board appropriated $500 as a contribution to the Sand Creek Turnpike Company to aid in "constructing a bridge across Sand Creek on their road." The appropriation could have applied to
#114, #118, or #190. It is unclear whether local citizens in the early twentieth century considered #114 or #117 as the "Harris City Bridge." In any case, J. M. Mathews received $30 for repairing the bridge's wingwalls of the bridge
near Harris City in June 1908. In response to damages inflicted by the big 1913 flood, the commissioners accepted the plans and specifications which "J. A. Stagg, Engineer," submitted for "reconstruction of a wall" and fill of the
"Harris city bridge." McQueen and Watkins secured a $267 contract for the repair in May, and the county paid them in December. The arch rings are low and quite segmental. They are also placed under considerable fill.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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