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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

Legacy Projects > West Sonora Arch Restoration West Sonora Arch Restoration

Restoration of the West Sonora Arch, which is nearly a century old, will be a contribution to the preservation of local and Indiana history. The arch is a large poured-concrete structure build by Albert A. Newer in 1919 to identify his stock farm. Some of the concrete has chipped and deteriorated and needs to be restored and repainted so that it will remain a landmark along the Historic Michigan Road Byway, which opened the central and northern part of Indiana to early settlement. The words “West Sonora” on the arch reflect the early platted name of present Deer Creek, Indiana.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Bonnie Maxwell

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Rehabilitation and drawing attention to a relic along the Historic Michigan Road Byway. After rehab is completed (paint still needs to be applied to letters and background), interpretive signage will be erected and passers-by invited to stop and observe.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Rehab of the arch and other big efforts along the Michigan Road Byway have generated new awareness and pride in our local and state history. Private donations and two grants facilitated the project.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • Archives of the Friends of Carroll County Parks held by that nonprofit board.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 11

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $2,750

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $2,935

Photos of West Sonora Arch Restoration

West Sonora Arch After

Arch 2

Project Details

  • Organization: The Friends of Carroll County Parks
  • County: Carroll
  • Contact: Bonnie Maxwell, 765-564-2169,
  • Type: Non-Profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-403