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Mooresville Moments
In honor of Mooresville's 175 th Anniversary and the 200th anniversary
of the birth of Mooresville s founder, Samuel Moore, the Mooresville Times
is publishing regular articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore.
State Road 144
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utilized again until a new concrete
bridge was built at a cost of
$38,750 to be completed by Oct.
15, 1911 with the contractor bear¬
ing the expense of the ferry for
every day it would be needed after
the deadline. This bridge was used
until the present bridge was com¬
pleted on Sept. 10, 1969 at a cost
of $791,690. The three span bridge
built in 1911 was dismantled on
Oct. 16, 1990 after being barri¬
caded for several years. Dynamite
charges were exploded to bring the
old bridge down.
It is a short road, only 20 miles
extending from State Road 67 to
State Road 31, and is probably the
second most heavily traveled road
serving Mooresville carrying com¬
muters from Indianapolis and
Johnson County; shoppers botfi to
and from Greenwood Shopping
Center, diners to the popular Gray
Brothers Cafeteria, and the grow¬
ing suburban additions of homes
around Mooresville. It is also a
direct route to merge with Inter¬
state 65 on the first leg of travel to
the south for winter homes and
vacations.
The once country road is now
a busy thoroughfare with homes,
subdivisions, churches and busi¬
nesses and only a few cornfields
to remind us that Waverly was
once a long way from Mooresville
and a long way back.
By Lula Mae Bucker
Years ago, Ihe (rip lo Waverly
was a long journey - leave the cast
edge of Mooresville, cross the creek
through the "little red bridge," wind
up the Barnett hill and rumble over
the narrow gravel country road.
About 1939, a state highway
representative contacted the town
board about widening the road to
comply with regulations to make it
a state rpadf Hie matter was brought
to the attention of the Lions Club,
the only service club in Mooresville
at that time. In due time, the county
commissioners appointed Charles
B. Comer and Dr. Claude H. White
to purchase the right of way and as¬
sess damages, and appropriated
$8,000 for this purpose. Most prop¬
erty owners were in favor of the im¬
provement and those opposed were
persuaded to agree. Part of the road
was changed to eliminate some dan¬
gerous curves. WPA labor was uti¬
lized to clear a wooded area on the
Red House Hill behind the Sweargin
School west of Mann and Centenary
roads. The first black top surface
was applied in July 1951; quite dif¬
ferent from the asphalt used today. •
Three bridges have spanned
White River near Waverly. The first,
a wooden structure 440 feet long,
built in 1873 at a cost of $25,000,
replaced a ferry. This bridge bumed
on March 21, 1911. The ferry was
The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or copied
from various materials located in the Indiana/Local History Room of the
Mooresville Public Library and include newspaper clippings and notes from
books edited by Reeky Hardin, Clara Richardson andAlmira Hadley. Ma¬
terial is managed by Wanda Potts.

								
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