Historic Name: Zieglers Ford Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. L-5659
Bridge Type: Pratt through truss
County: Blue Earth
City/Township: Decoria Twp.
Crossing: Twp. Rd. 96 over Big Cobb River
Contractor: Mayer Brothers, Mankato
Year Built: 1904
Overall Length: 73.0 feet
Overall Width: 17.7 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Dale Martin, Renewable Technologies, Inc. The Zieglers Ford Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
Zieglers Ford Bridge is a steel, single-span, five-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss. The Pratt through truss bridge type was the most common bridge built in the late 19th and early 20th century. The bridge is historically significant as a representative example of the Pratt through truss in Minnesota and for its association with the local firm, Mayer Brothers of Mankato. The bridge and its abutments were construction in 1904. In spite of the recent concrete work on the abutments, the bridge retains its integrity.