Rating:
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Zoarville Station Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #151760

Map 

Description 

Zoarville Station Bridge is the only Fink through truss bridge known to exist in the United States. The builders of this example, Smith, Latrobe and Co. of Baltimore, MD specialized in this type. Part of the three-span Factory Street Bridge over the Tuscarawas River, this span was moved to its present site over One Leg Creek, now called Conotton Creek, when the bridge was replaced in 1905. The Ohio Cast- and Wrought-Iron Bridges Recording Project II is part of HAER, a program to document historically significant engineering and industrial sites in the United States.

Facts 

Overview
Fink through truss bridge over Conotton Creek on Old section SR-212
Location
Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in 1868 by Smith,Latrobe,& Co., relocated and restored in 2007.
Builder
- Smith, Latrobe, & Co. of Baltimore, Maryland
Design
Wrought and cast iron Fink through truss
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.57750, -81.39150   (decimal degrees)
40°34'39" N, 81°23'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/466864/4491930 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dover
Elevation
909 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43426 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 18, 2015: New photos from Janis Ford
  • September 12, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • September 8, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added some info
  • December 6, 2010: New photo from Eric Root
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: added current road name
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 30, 2009: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Janis Ford

Comments 

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was told that because the floods are due to a reservoir, they are not turbulent and do not pose a risk to the bridge in terms of being washed out.

I site visited the bridge last year and discovered that when it was moved here the bottoms of the unique end posts were encased in concrete. One might wonder if that was done to keep floods from washing it away. In either case, iron trusses are not meant to be encased like this, as it prevents them from expanding and contracting properly, and the concrete traps moisture leading to deterioration.

Now, I did review historical HAER photos and it seems that concrete encasement was the case in its previous location as well. However, this was not the original design intent, and should not have been replicated here. And if it was replicated here for some sort of flood protection, then I would agree the better solution would have been a location where this wasn't a concern.

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted January 23, 2017, by Christopher Finigan

I seriously think that this bridge should be relocated to higher ground to protect it from being frequently flooded.

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted December 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge to be inspected... Should be interesting...

http://www.timesreporter.com/article/20151203/NEWS/151209740

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted May 16, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I would also like to add, that a bridge MAY NOT NOW BE ACROSS WATER, as the path of creeks and rivers changed in the last 100 years.

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted September 12, 2011, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I like to think that this is the only "known" example of this type of truss. If a bridge is long abandoned, in a remote rural location, it won't show up on the NBI, and won't be visible from satellite photos. There "could" be another out there. Bowstring Truss bridges seem to be discovered all the time, relatively speaking. Remember the NBI only shows bridges on OPEN roads. And, and this is important, I have found inaccuracies in the "type" of bridge listed, and what is there in reality for a given location, so every location needs to be visited in person.

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted December 9, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

I think the same reason why we have only one Bollmann Truss, and if we're not careful, one Warren truss left, one Parker truss left, one Pennsylvania truss left, and...

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted December 9, 2010, by J.P.

why is this the only fink left in the nation. its horrible that this is the last remaining of this design left.

Zoarville Station Bridge
Posted October 5, 2010, by Eric Root (ejort [at] att [dot] net)

This bridge has been restored as a foot bridge at Camp Tuscazoar.

http://www.tuscazoar.org/ZSB.htm