Historic Name: Kennedy Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. L-5665
Bridge Type: Pratt through truss
County: Blue Earth
City/Township: Mankato Twp.
Crossing: Twp. Rd. 167 over Le Sueur River
Contractor: Wrought Iron Bridge Company, Canton, Ohio
Year Built: 1883
Overall Length: 140.5 feet
Overall Width: 16.8 feet
Adapted from National Register of Historic Places nomination written by Fredric L. Quivik, Renewable Technologies, Inc. The Kennedy Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Kennedy Bridge is a single-span, wrought iron, pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge supported by stone abutments. The Kennedy Bridge is historically significant for its association with the late 19th century county-wide bridge building program in Blue Earth County, the first county-wide building program in the state. The bridge is also one of the few surviving wrought iron bridges in Minnesota and retains excellent integrity.