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Zoarville Station Bridge Update Page

Restoration and reconstruction is now complete! Visit our Photo Library to view the latest images.

Dover 1868
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. The men who built the bridge at its original location in Canal Dover in 1868 were leaders in the American civil engineering profession. By 1869 their company boasted of having built over 13 miles of bridges.
Zoarville 1905
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. 
Drawing of the Zoarville Station Bridge


Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)

Zoarville Station Bridge Project wins ACEC
award for engineering excellence

David Tschantz, Donald L. Mader, and Harry Matter

In February 2008, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recognized the Zoarville Station Bridge Project with an Outstanding Achievement Award.  ACEC/Ohio Executive Director Donald L. Mader (center) presented the award to David Tschantz, project manager for the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation (left) and Harry Matter, President of Civil Design Associates (right).

Click here to see previous ZSB Updates


TO: Friends of the Zoarville Station Bridge
FROM: Dave Tschantz, Project Manager, Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, Inc. (CTF)
DATE: July 20, 2007

Since Update #17, the following events have occurred:

  1. Construction has begun and will be completed by August 15th. We have attempted to keep everyone posted by displaying pictures of the bridge on the website as it is being rebuilt.  
  2. The bridge is being rebuilt next to its abutments and, on July 27th, sometime after 9am, will be lifted in one piece and set onto its bearing surfaces on the abutments by a 500 ton capacity crane. Final assembly will then take place, including installation of the decking and railings.  
  3. A dedication ceremony, open to the public, will be held on September 15th at 11am. You are invited to attend. You need not RSVP unless you receive a personal invitation and request to do so.  Information on parking will be posted on the website.  Come early, as close parking and seating will be limited.

This will be the last update I send out. I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement to me as the years rolled by on this project. As some of you know, I have been working on this bridge since 1996. Even if you can't make it to the dedication, I hope you will take some time in the future to stop by and appreciate what was designed and built, and has now been rebuilt, for the benefit of Camp Tuscazoar, the community and the nation as a whole. May God bless all of you!


Your comments and suggestions will very much be appreciated. Please send any messages concerning this project via email to info@tuscazoar.org.

Let us know if you now have e-mail. If this was mailed to you, or you saw it here first, I do not have your e-mail address and would appreciate knowing it. Thanks! - Dave Tschantz, Zoarville Station Bridge Project Manager

Use these hyperlinks to view technical drawings of the Zoarville Station Bridge.

ZSB Blueprint for planned elevation changes - Added 10/04/98
Due to the flood plain the entire bridge will be raised.

Connection Details
This drawing shows exploded views of bridge element connecting points.

Northeast Elevation and Overhead Plan
This drawing shows the original Elevation and the Overhead plans.

Visit our helpful friends online at the
Dover Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society.

Learn more about designer Albert Fink

Here's a link to a photograph of the ZSB in its original location.

Use the link below to view the latest pictures of the bridge and a feature
in TIMELINE by the Ohio Historical Society.

Zoarville Station Bridge

Here are direct links to the larger images of the TIMELINE features:
(these are larger files and may take a moment to load.)

TIMELINE cover photo

TIMELINE article