Antelope Creek Bridge
Antelope Creek Covered Bridge
|Nearest city||Eagle Point, Oregon|
|Architectural style||Queenpost Truss, Modified|
|MPS||Oregon Covered Bridges TR|
|NRHP Reference #||79002071|
|Added to NRHP||2012|
The Antelope Creek Bridge is a wooden, covered bridge originally built in 1922 by Jackson County, Oregon bridge-building brothers Wesley and Lyal Hartman over Antelope Creek, north of Medford, Oregon. The bridge was bypassed in 1975 following the construction of a newer span. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 but delisted in 1988 shortly after having been moved to Eagle Point, Oregon about 8 miles away.
A New Home for the Bridge
In its original location, the bridge had been left to deteriorate, having been replaced by a modern vehicular bridge. In order to save the bridge and give it a new home, in 1987 volunteers took it down and reassembled it over Little Butte Creek in Eagle Point, Oregon where it replaced an earlier covered bridge that had washed away. Since then it has served proudly as a pedestrian bridge, approached through Eagle Point’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. The bridge crossing at scenic Little Butte Creek is a favorite spot for citizens, and also receives frequent out-of-town visitors.
Returned to the National Register
The 1988 removal from the National Register of Historic Places had been due to alterations (arched window cutouts) made during the reconstruction. However, eventually those alterations were corrected and the bridge was returned to its rightly place on the National Register by the City of Eagle Point in 2012.
A special plaque memorializing the bridge's historic significance is attached to its northwest facade.
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