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