Mystery Bridge Nr. 159: The Stone Arch Bridge in Nineveh, Indiana:

Photo by Mike Daffron

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Following up on Sunday’s article on the Stone Arch Road Bridge is the mystery bridge located only 700 feet from the truss bridge. It’s a single span stone arch bridge spanning a branch of Nineveh Creek at the T-junction with County Highway 775 near the Atterbury Nature Preserves in Nineveh in Johnson County, Indiana. The bridge is no more than 40 feet and it had been rehabilitated just a few years ago.

The question behind this structure is when it was built and whether it was the same stone mason who built the stone abutments for the truss bridge. According to Satolli Glassmeyer, the stone abutments were constructed by James H. Pudney in 1885, Massilon Bridge Company later added the truss span in 1886. 

It is logical that Pudney may have also built the arch span at the same time, yet no records indicate this is true. This leads to the question of whether he built this stone arch bridge at the same time as the truss span or if someone else had the stone masonary experience to build the arch span and if so, when?

And with that, the question to the forum……..  Happy bridgehunting, folks!

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3 thoughts on “Mystery Bridge Nr. 159: The Stone Arch Bridge in Nineveh, Indiana:

  1. The Edinburg Daily Courier reported January 14, 1886, p. 1: There will be a special meeting of the Commissioners of Johnson county one day next week, to elect a Sec’y of the County Board of Health, to take action upon the recent corporation election held in the village of Whiteland and to accept the stone work of the bridge in Ninevah town ship under contract by J. H. Pudney, ex-sheriff.

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