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.

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Zoarville Station Bridge Project wins ACEC award for engineering excellence

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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).

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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 9 a.m., 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 11 a.m. 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

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