Zenas King was born a farmboy in Vermont. His family later moved to New York State in 1822. King was an excellent carpenter and had a promising future. In 1858, Zenas King began manufacturing his own modular iron bowstring bridges.
Over the next 60 years King would become a household name in the iron works business. The King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Company built 10,000 structures across the United States. Now there are only a few hundred bridges left in the entire country.
Newfield, New York is proud to own one of Zenas King's first bowstring bridges. The Newfield King Bowstring bridge was built in 1873. The iron bridge was sent by railroad in pieces to be fabricated together by local tradesmen on the West branch of the Cayuga Inlet.
Twenty years before in 1853, the Newfield Covered Bridge had been built by Samuel Hamm and his sons, David and Sylvester.
Two historic bridges, the Newfield Covered bridge from the Agricultural Era and the King Bowstring Bridge, ushering in the Industrial Revolution. I cannot think of another community that can claim such an honorable opportunity.