This is one of a substantial number of stone arch bridges in this region, which is also the only region in Indiana that has any noteworthy number of stone arch bridges. This particular example has sadly been substantially altered and thus has poor historic integrity today. The original railings have been lost, the deck being replaced with a concrete slab that cantilevers out beyond the spandrel walls and has modern Armco guardrail on it. Some of the spandrel wall has been replaced with concrete. Also, corrugated steel has been added to the arch ring. The corrugated steel extends outward slightly beyond the spandrel wall, and as such it obstructs the view of the stone arch ring from most viewing angles.
Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey
Decatur's commissioners contracted with George Bussell Company in May 1892 for "a double arch stone bridge" near Harris City. The contract was drawn in rates per cubic yard for excavation ($.25) and masonry
($2.97). In September, Bussell received $1,595.51 for the Muddy Fork structure. In 1904, Joseph A. Stagg received $323 for unspecified repairs to the Harris City Bridge. Four years later, Joseph M. Mathews negotiated at one fell
swoop contracts for the repair of twelve county bridges, including that over Muddy Fork south of Harris City. The repairs to the bridge must have been modest, for Mathews received only $30 at completion within a few days of the
contracting. 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.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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