Canton in Saint Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The King Iron Bowstring 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, 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). Touch 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 (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.