Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 27, 2008

PAT SMITH: Stone arch bridges and their history

A Different Kind of Bridge Tournament? With a History Lesson, too! You've driven over them, walked over them, admired them, and wondered about them. In fact, three of them are within a stone's throw of South Park Cemetery. And now you and I have an opportunity to learn something about these old beauties, glorious stone arch bridges.

Sure, next Saturday there will be graduation parties and cook-outs all around the county, but I must tell you about a competitive event that you may regret if you miss. You don't have to stay for hours but do make an effort to stop in next Saturday (May 31) to see the bridge photo contest entries on display at the new Art on the Square gallery on the north side of the Courthouse Square, beginning at 9 a.m. The Decatur County Alliance for Preservation (DeCAP) is hosting this stone arch bridge photo competition for a 2009 calendar. It will be seasonal photographs of historic stone spans of Decatur County.

Judy Rust, president of DeCAP, said, "Bridges of Madison County has nothing on us!" There will be 16 framed entries, 16x20 inches each, all competing to earn a place on the calendar and available for purchase. DeCAP, in conjunction with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, invited the Southeastern Indiana Photography Club to record the stone arch bridges of our county. Our collection of stone arches is second to none in the nation, primarily because our quarries provided the specific type of limestone needed and we had the craftsmen who knew how to put them together in the way that makes them endure.

The winners will be announced Saturday evening beginning with refreshments at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. address by Dr. Jim Cooper, noted bridge historian and author, who will present the story of the stone arch bridge and its connection to Decatur County. He’ll explain the historic significance and value of these grand, impressive structures, and will, I imagine, tell us something about the designers and manufacturers of the bridges. Dr. Cooper, an historic bridge consultant, is a Professor Emeritus of History at DePauw University, and President of the Board of Directors of the Historic Bridge Foundation of Austin, Texas, the most prominent national bridge preservation organization. He has written several books about various styles of bridges including, "Repairing and Restoring Historic Bridges - Keeping Faith With Their Makers," "Restoring Historic Metal Truss Bridges," "Artistry and Ingenuity in Artificial Stone - Indiana's Concrete Bridges 1900-1942," and "Iron Monuments to Distant Posterity - Indiana' metal Bridges 1870-1930."

Text Only
  • Thanks, Max

    Max Dickson has given the historical society a gift that many will enjoy for years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Lee H. Hamilon: Government As Innovator? You Bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reas

    April 17, 2014

  • How to deal with nuisance wild animals Most people enjoy watching wildlife and sometimes even interacting with critters on occasion. One of my favorite activities is keeping the bird feeder well supplied and seeing Hoosier song birds up close and personal. Sometimes there are situations w

    April 17, 2014

  • Self deposit box: Wolfsie takes a selfie of his check I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und

    April 17, 2014

  • Alice Woodhull: Back on the job Well, this is Alice, and I am back on the job. It has been two months since I got my new shoulder, and so far it is working like it should. I have had a couple weeks of therapy, plus doing a lot with it on my own, and I'm hoping it will soon be as g

    April 16, 2014

  • Linda Hamer Kennett: The timeless beauty of wicker No matter what the day may bring, I can leave it all behind when I take my evening walk. Strolling through our historic neighborhood on Indy's south side is a multifaceted treat. It is good for my heart, it erases the cares of the day and it affords

    April 16, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 is the Gospel passage that will be heard in many churches this Palm Sunday. Today, I want us to look at the last two verses: 10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, "Who can this be?" 11The crowd a

    April 12, 2014

  • Jenni Hanna: Exploring the mystery of the bitcoin I've heard of a lot of synonyms for currency, but "bitcoins" was a new one to me. Although bitcoins (BTCs) have been around since 2009, they are something I've just recently learned about and am really struggling to understand. Bitcoins cannot be hel

    April 11, 2014

  • nws-gb041014-Spaulding headshot Jack Spaulding: A time not to adopt Springtime brings a host of new life into the outdoors. The fields, forest, and the nests and dens are full of new life and cute and cuddly baby critters as nature carries on procreation. Nature knows how to take care for her own, but unfortunately,

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Net tricks My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don't know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you've

    April 10, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.