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Rezner Bowstring Bridge

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Photo taken by Ed Windhorst in June 2013

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BH Photo #257025

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Description 

A rare surviving example of a tubular bowstring designed by William Rezner and built by his short-lived Ohio Bridge Company of Cleveland in 1871. When the county removed the bridge around 1916, it was purchased by a private individual and relocated to their farm to cross the Iroquois River East of Rensselaer. It sat abandoned and in a dilapidated state for many years before being relocated to a city park and restored for pedestrian use. Research is still ongoing to determine which of two possible locations that the bridge originated from. Ed Windhorst and Jim Cooper are to be commended for their help in getting this bridge moved off of it's failing abutments before it fell into the river and was possibly lost forever.

Jim Cooper has researched Rezner and his connection to this bridge. I will update information as it becomes available.

Webmaster's note: Previous location was 40.936090, -87.126219.

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Iroquois River in Rensselaer
Location
Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Relocated to Potawatomi Park in Rensselaer and restored for pedestrian use.
History
Originally built in 1871 at one of two possible locations. Relocated to the Gangloff-Sayler Farm ca. 1916 and finally moved and restored in Potawatomi Park in 2012.
Builders
- Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland
- William Rezner (Designer)
Design
Rezner design tubular Bowstring pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Also called
Gangloff-Sayler Farm Bridge
Hoover Slough Bridge (Possible historic name)
Potawatomi Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.93553, -87.15431   (decimal degrees)
40°56'08" N, 87°09'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/487009/4531611 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rensselaer
Inventory numbers
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BH 47048 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 16, 2017: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected GPS location.
  • May 29, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed builder syntax.
  • June 22, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information on the history of this unique little bridge.
  • June 9, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: The dedication for the bridge in its new location was held in May
  • November 26, 2010: New photos from Tom Hall
  • November 22, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added new information
  • November 20, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

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Comments 

Iroquois River Bowstring Bridge
Posted June 9, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Iroquois River Bowstring
Posted March 19, 2013, by Lance Stevens (drumsls [at] aol [dot] com)

the bridge is restored and in downtown rensselaer indiana. Stevens Iron Works did the referbishing I have pictures and some video of the restoration process