The bridge itself was built in 1905 by dairy farmer Hans P. Ahlberg in order to allow horse and wagon traffic across the river. Ahlberg's farm spanned both sides of the river. Ahlberg contracted with the company Ferguson & Huston of Astoria, Oregon who drew up the plans. The bridge was covered three years later, in 1908. The roof of the covered bridge was originally built of "board and batten cedar siding with a capped tin roof"  The reason for the covering was to preserve the expensive wooden trusses from the ravages of the area rains.