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Historic Bridges

Yaeger (Kern) Bridge (Bridge L5669)

Yaeger (Kern) Bridge (Bridge L5669)

Yaeger (Kern) Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

The Yaeger (Kern) Bridge is a single-span, wrought-iron, bowstring arch through truss resting on limestone abutments. The bridge is located in in the southeast corner of South Bend Township in Blue Earth County. The bridge spans the Le Sueur River and is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The bridge was constructed by John Mahowald and the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1873. The bridge is significant as the only example of a bowstring through truss bridge in Minnesota and for its exceptional span length.


South Bend Township (Blue Earth County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.10978358, -94.04214278

Bridge features

Yaeger (Kern) Bridge

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

Yaeger (Kern) Bridge
Use of wrought iron members in truss construction.
Yaeger (Kern) Bridge

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