Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Available bridges

Available bridges

The bridges included here are available for relocation. These bridges have been determined eligible for or are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, in large part because they are representative of a particular bridge type, were designed or constructed by an important Minnesota-bridge designer or builder, and/or for their historic value to Minnesota’s engineering heritage. Many of these bridges are ideally suited for rehabilitation at a new location for pedestrian use along trails or within parks. Additional information on the bridges and how to apply to own these significant structures can be found below.

Kern Bridge (Bridge L5669)

Bridge 2628

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. View a video (YouTube) of the removal.

Relocation information

Federal (FHWA Funds) are available to cover 80 percent with state or local match of 20 percent required.