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This is an attractive example of a stone arch bridge. With three spans, the center span is one foot longer and slightly taller than the end spans. The bridge is largely unaltered. It stands out among the many surviving stone arch bridges in this area for its lack of alteration and decent length.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Statement of Significance
This bridge pushes the conventions used with the typical stone arches built in the state's south-central counties. Although they are close to being semicircular, the rings are actually, if cautiously, segmental.
Local craftsmen built most of Indiana's stone arches from regional materials just before or in the first fifteen years of the twentieth century. Following a few simple rules of thumb that had evolved since Roman
days, stonemasons erected 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. Most of the state's stone arches
span streams in south-central counties. With more than two dozen extant, Decatur County built the largest number. By World War I, the growing popularity of concrete, which engineers could readily adjust to the special needs of each
specific bridge site, quietly ended most stone arch construction in the region.
The Decatur county commissioners ordered J. W. Craig in May 1902 to prepare estimates for a stone-arch bridge across Sand Creek at DeArmond Ford near Union Church in Sandcreek township. The county council appropriated $1,500 for construction in September. Letting a contract for a three-span stone arch did not occur until April 1903, at which time Hodson was the lowest and best bidder at $1,431, sufficiently under the estimate and appropriation to be successful. Hodson received partial payments in August and September that added up to almost the contracted figure.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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