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Canton in Saint Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The King Iron Bowstring Bridge

 
 
The King Iron Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
1. The King Iron Bowstring Bridge Marker
Inscription. The King Iron Bowstring Bridge was designed by Zenas King and built in the 1870s. Before he founded the King Bridge Company in Cleveland, Ohio, Zenas King lived and worked in the Depeyster area of St. Lawrence County. One of a very few bowstring bridges that remain in service in New York State, this bridge, 75 feet long and 13 feet wide, was the link between the industries that operated on Falls Island and the Village of Canton. Teams of horses used to bring in loads of raw materials, including grains such as barley, oats, and wheat, logs of white pine, hemlock and various hardwoods, apples, and wool. Wagons left the island loaded with flour, cattle feed, lumber, building supplies, apple cider, yarn, and hardware products. By restoring this bridge, Grasse River Heritage has saved the heart of Canton's early history. The engineering firm, the contractor, and bridge restoration crews worked to insure that the restoration was for the most part true to the original design and construction techniques of this unique bridge.

How does the bowstring truss bridge actually work? The load of this bridge is carried by the arch. The weight is trust downward and vertically. The lower chord comes under tension, allowing the footings to take only vertical forces. All of the parts work together to create a bridge that is simple, light weight, dynamic,
The King Iron Bowstring Bridge & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
2. The King Iron Bowstring Bridge & Marker
Northward view from parking lot off US 11.
and elegant.

L.H. Evert's "History of St. Lawrence County," 1878. The two bowstring bridges shown over the east channel were never built.
"The King Iron Bridge in Winter" Fred Ashley photo, ca 1975. Canton Town and Village Historian's Office
"A Rare View of a Rare Bridge, 2004"
"Welding and Painting Completed, the Bridge Returns, September 28, 2007."
The King Iron Bowstring Bridge Heading Home, September 28, 2007."
 
Location. 44° 35.74′ N, 75° 10.472′ W. Marker is in Canton, New York, in Saint Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles east of Governeur Street (U.S. 11). Click for map. Marker is in Heritage Park on the island (Willow Island) that separates the east and west channels of the Grasse River. The bridge leads to Falls Island, also separating the channels. Marker is in this post office area: Canton NY 13617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canton's Islands / Falls Island in 1898 (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Channel of the Grasse River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Street and the Third Dam
West View on Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
3. West View on Bridge
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sash and Blind Factory (about 300 feet away); The East Channel of the Grasse River (about 300 feet away); Rushton Boat Shop (about 400 feet away); Logging and Lumbering (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Canton.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & Commerce
 
East View on Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
4. East View on Bridge
The King Iron Bowstring Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2015
5. The King Iron Bowstring Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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