Zenas King
Zenas King was born in Vermont
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 in 1818. He started his career of building bridges in 1858 and moved from Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
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 to Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
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 around 1861. He established a bridge building works on Watson Street in Cleveland in 1865. King founded the King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Company in 1871. As early as 1878 it was manufacturing many types of truss, combination, and wooden bridges and by the 1880s it was the largest highway bridge works in the United States. Production moved from Watson Street to larger facilities on Ruskin Avenue in 1888. The company changed its name to the King Bridge Company
King Bridge Company
The King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Company was a late-19th-century bridge building company located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded by Zenas King in 1858 and subsequently managed by his sons, James A. King and Harry W. King and then his grandson, Norman C. King, until the mid-1920s...

 after the death of Zenas King in 1892. Many of the company's bridges were used during America's westward expansion
Territorial acquisitions of the United States
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in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and some of these bridges are still standing today.

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