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Sidney in Shelby County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Zenas King Bowstring Bridge

 
 
Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2021
1. Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Zenas King (1818-1892) was a 19th century bridge builder whose iron bridges received wide acceptance throughout the country. He developed his tubular bowstring bridge in 1859, patented the design in 1861, renewed the patent in 1867, and founded King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Company in 1871. Based on an arch’s inherent strength, King’s design used less raw materials than wooden bridges and the square tubes were simple to fabricate and ship for on-site assembly. His Cleveland-based company soon built so many patent bowstrings across Ohio that it set a design standard.

King’s tubular bowstring design created widespread enthusiasm for iron bridges and by 1880 his Ohio company was among the largest manufacturers of highway bridges in the nation. This bridge, built in 1879 as part of two spans crossing Loramie Creek near Fort Loramie, is one of two Zenas King bowstring bridges extant in Ohio. When the Great Flood of 1913 severely damaged the bridge’s abutments, it was sold and relocated to a privately owned farm. Donated to the City of Sidney, the bridge was restored and relocated to Tawawa Park during Sidney’s bicentennial celebration
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Erected 2021 by City of Sidney; Ohio Historical Bridge Association; The Ohio Historical Connection. (Marker Number 5-75.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. 40° 17.31′ N, 84° 7.651′ W. Marker is in Sidney, Ohio, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Tawawa Drive, one mile east of Benjamin Trail, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 Tawawa Dr, Sidney OH 45365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ross Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tawawa Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sidney (approx. 0.9 miles away); Burkhart Building (approx. 1½ miles away); The Old Jail (approx. 1½ miles away); Perry Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); George Washington Bicentennial (approx. 1½ miles away); Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sidney.
 
More about this marker. marker is WAY back in Tawawa Park
 
Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2021
2. Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker
Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2021
3. Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker
The Zenas King Bowstring Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2021
4. The Zenas King Bowstring Bridge
Dedication plaque on boulder next to marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 27, 2021
5. Dedication plaque on boulder next to marker
Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 29, 2024
6. Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker
Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 29, 2024
7. Zenas King Bowstring Bridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2024. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 27, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   6, 7. submitted on July 1, 2024, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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