Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Kern Bridge (Bridge L5669)

Kern Bridge (Bridge L5669)

Kern Bridge

History & significance

The Kern Bridge was a single-span, wrought-iron, bowstring arch through truss resting on limestone abutments. The bridge was located in in the southeast corner of South Bend Township in Blue Earth County. The bridge was constructed by John Mahowald and the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1873. The bridge was significant as the only example of a bowstring through truss bridge in Minnesota and for its exceptional span length.

The bridge was removed from this site, dismantled, and stored for relocation in winter 2020.

The bridge is currently available for relocation. To find out more, visit our Available bridges webpage.

Bridge features

Kern Bridge

Six-sided, wrought-iron, riveted top chord.

Kern Bridge

Use of wrought iron members in truss construction.

Kern Bridge

Design and construction of an
exceptionally long-span bowstring arch truss, the only of its kind in Minnesota.