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Rezner Bowstring Bridge


Photo taken by Ed Windhorst in June 2013


BH Photo #257025


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Rezner Bowstring Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


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.


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Iroquois River in Rensselaer
Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Relocated to Potawatomi Park in Rensselaer and restored for pedestrian use.
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.
- Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland
- William Rezner (Designer)
Rezner design tubular Bowstring pony truss
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Also called
Fountain Park Bridge (Possible Historic Name)
Hoover Slough Bridge (Possible historic name)
Gangloff-Sayler Farm Bridge
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:
Inventory numbers
BH 47048 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 14, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • 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



Rezner Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 10, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, at least the railing on the bridge used clear panels so that the arches and arch webbing could be clearly seen. I agree that the off-structure railing isn't as visually appealing, but I've seen a lot worse.

Rezner Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 10, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

At least the bridge is still around! I guess it is much better than the alternative.

Rezner Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 10, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Welcome to the new reality... they improved the railing at the one at the museum in Indy but itís hard to meet the new codes elegantly. Personally, Iím a fan of the thin stainless wire used on Ďmoderní decks and stairs, but I donít know if there is a special requirement for bridges that prohibit them.


Art S.

Rezner Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 10, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an awesome bridge, but the safety railing around it is horrible. It really obscures a lot of it.

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