List of Oregon covered bridges

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This list of Oregon covered bridges contains 50 historic covered bridges remaining in the U.S. state of Oregon, among the greatest number of any U.S. state.

Most covered bridges in Oregon were built between 1905 and 1925. At its peak, there were an estimated 450 covered bridges, which by 1977, had dwindled to 56.[1]

List[edit]

Bridge County Location Built Length (ft) Crosses Coordinates Notes
Harris Benton Wren 1929 75 Marys River 44°34′48″N 123°27′37″W / 44.58002°N 123.46018°W / 44.58002; -123.46018 (Harris Covered Bridge) NRHP
Hayden Benton Alsea 1918 91 Alsea River 44°04′18″N 122°57′49″W / 44.071792°N 122.963694°W / 44.071792; -122.963694 (Hayden Covered Bridge)[2] NRHP
Irish Bend Benton Corvallis 1954 60 Oak Creek 44°34′00″N 123°18′03″W / 44.566535°N 123.300802°W / 44.566535; -123.300802 (Irish Bend Covered Bridge) NRHP
Sandy Creek Coos Remote 1921 60 Sandy Creek 43°00′23″N 123°53′30″W / 43.00637°N 123.89177°W / 43.00637; -123.89177 (Sandy Creek Covered Footbridge) NRHP, footbridge
Rock O' the Range Deschutes Bend 1963 42 Swalley Canal 44°07′20″N 121°17′13″W / 44.12236°N 121.28691°W / 44.12236; -121.28691 (Rock O' the Range Covered Bridge) NRHP, only covered bridge east of the Cascades, some consider it not to be a true covered bridge since it lacks a truss[3] privately owned and maintained covered bridge open to the public[4]
Cavitt Creek Douglas Peel 1943 70 Little River 43°14′39″N 123°01′18″W / 43.24410°N 123.02177°W / 43.24410; -123.02177 (Cavitt Creek Covered Bridge) Raw log upper supports with a portal shape for log truck passage
Horse Creek Douglas Myrtle Creek 1930 105 Myrtle Creek 43°01′24″N 123°17′24″W / 43.02335°N 123.29004°W / 43.02335; -123.29004 (Horse Creek Covered Bridge) Closed in 1968, dismantled 1987 and moved from 44°09′44″N 122°09′18″W / 44.16212°N 122.15508°W / 44.16212; -122.15508 (Horse Creek Covered Bridge (original location)) and reconstructed in 1990, open to foot traffic in city park
Milo Academy Douglas Milo 1962 100 South Umpqua River 42°56′07″N 123°02′20″W / 42.93521°N 123.03890°W / 42.93521; -123.03890 (Milo Academy Covered Bridge) NRHP, Current steel bridge with a wood housing and metal roof replaces a 1920 wooden truss covered bridge at same location.[5]
Neal Lane Douglas 1939 42 South Myrtle Creek 43°01′01″N 123°16′28″W / 43.01696°N 123.27452°W / 43.01696; -123.27452 (Neal Lane Covered Bridge) Built for only $1,000. One of the shortest covered bridges in Oregon and the only Oregon covered bridge with a king post truss.[6]
Pass Creek Douglas Drain 1925 61 Pass Creek 43°39′38″N 123°19′00″W / 43.66064°N 123.31659°W / 43.66064; -123.31659 (Pass Creek Covered Bridge) A covered bridge may date back to 1906 originally at 43°39′37″N 123°18′55″W / 43.66036°N 123.31521°W / 43.66036; -123.31521 (Pass Creek Covered Bridge (original site)), closed 1981 and rebuilt nearby in 1989.[7][8]
Rochester Douglas 1923 80 Calapooya Creek 43°24′07″N 123°21′47″W / 43.402062°N 123.363135°W / 43.402062; -123.363135 (Rochester Covered Bridge)[9]
Antelope Creek Jackson Eagle Point 1922 58 Little Butte Creek 42°28′20″N 122°48′01″W / 42.47209°N 122.80022°W / 42.47209; -122.80022 (Antelope Creek Bridge) delisted from NRHP, formerly crossed Antelope Creek about 10 miles SE of current location[10]
Lost Creek Jackson Lake Creek 1919 39 Lost Creek 42°22′49″N 122°34′46″W / 42.380139°N 122.579500°W / 42.380139; -122.579500 (Lost Creek Covered Bridge) NRHP
McKee Jackson Ruch 1917 122 Applegate River 42°07′33″N 123°04′21″W / 42.12580°N 123.07262°W / 42.12580; -123.07262 (McKee Covered Bridge)[note 1] NRHP; Howe truss, flying buttresses, open daylight windows at roofline, shingle roof; closed to vehicle traffic in 1956 due to structural concern, extensive restoration work in 1965, 1985, and 1989[11]
Wimer Jackson Wimer 1927 85 Evans Creek 42°32′18″N 123°08′59″W / 42.53820°N 123.14978°W / 42.53820; -123.14978 (Wimer Covered Bridge)[note 2] Rebuilt in 2008[12] after having collapsed July 6, 2003.[13] Queenpost truss, flying buttresses, open daylight windows at roofline, wood floor.[14] The 1927 Wimer bridge was a replacement for one originally built at the same site in 1892.[13]
Grave Creek Josephine Sunny Valley 1920 105 Grave Creek 42°38′57″N 123°35′11″W / 42.649281°N 123.586459°W / 42.649281; -123.586459 (Grave Creek Covered Bridge)[15] NRHP, Because of proximity to I-5, it is Oregon's most viewed covered bridge; also the only remaining covered bridge in Josephine County.[15]
Belknap Lane Rainbow 1966 120 McKenzie River 44°10′05″N 122°13′42″W / 44.16803°N 122.22836°W / 44.16803; -122.22836 (Belknap Covered Bridge) NRHP, fourth instance (information)
Centennial Lane Cottage Grove 1987 84 Coast Fork Willamette River 43°47′51″N 123°03′52″W / 43.79744°N 123.06441°W / 43.79744; -123.06441 (Centennial Covered Bridge)

Constructed from timbers salvaged from the Meadows and Brumbaugh bridges, which were dismantled in 1979;[16] Bicycle and foot traffic

Chambers Railroad Lane Cottage Grove 1925 78 Coast Fork Willamette River 43°47′22″N 123°04′11″W / 43.78937°N 123.06968°W / 43.78937; -123.06968 (Chambers Covered Bridge) NRHP, no longer in service, Oregon's only remaining covered rail bridge.[17]
Coyote Creek Lane Crow 1922 60 Coyote Creek 43°58′12″N 123°19′08″W / 43.970123°N 123.318983°W / 43.970123; -123.318983 (Coyote Creek Covered Bridge)[18] NRHP
Currin Lane Cottage Grove 1925 105 Row River 43°52′13″N 122°55′10″W / 43.870402°N 122.91952°W / 43.870402; -122.91952 (Currin Covered Bridge)[19] NRHP
Deadwood Creek Lane Swisshome 1932 105 Deadwood Creek 44°08′37″N 123°43′14″W / 44.14358°N 123.72042°W / 44.14358; -123.72042 (Deadwood Creek Covered Bridge)[note 3] NRHP; the floor is banked for turning traffic; renovated in 1986[20]
Dorena Lane Dorena 1949 105 Row River 43°44′15″N 122°53′01″W / 43.737623°N 122.883680°W / 43.737623; -122.883680 (Dorena Covered Bridge)[21] NRHP
Ernest Lane Marcola 1938 75 Mohawk River 44°12′05″N 122°50′11″W / 44.201515°N 122.836471°W / 44.201515; -122.836471 (Earnest Covered Bridge)[22] NRHP (misspelled by the USGS as "Earnest Bridge")
Goodpasture Lane Vida 1938 165 McKenzie River 44°8′53″N 122°35′15″W / 44.14806°N 122.58750°W / 44.14806; -122.58750 (Goodpasture Covered Bridge) NRHP
Lake Creek (Nelson Mountain) Lane Greenleaf 1925 105 Lake Creek 44°05′36″N 123°38′06″W / 44.0932°N 123.6349°W / 44.0932; -123.6349 (Lake Creek (Nelson Mountain) Covered Bridge)[note 4] NRHP; also called Nelson Mountain Bridge, rehabilitated 1984 with concrete floor;[23] not visible by satellite
Lowell Lane Lowell 1945 165 Middle Fork Willamette River 43°54′34″N 122°46′46″W / 43.909570°N 122.779515°W / 43.909570; -122.779515 (Lowell Covered Bridge)[24] NRHP, replacement for a bridge built in 1907
Mosby Creek Lane Cottage Grove 1920 90 Mosby Creek 43°46′41″N 123°00′17″W / 43.77817°N 123.00480°W / 43.77817; -123.00480 (Mosby Creek Covered Bridge)[25] NRHP, rehabilitated 2002[26]
Office Lane Westfir 1944 180 North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River 43°45′30″N 122°29′45″W / 43.75847°N 122.49571°W / 43.75847; -122.49571 (Office Covered Bridge) NRHP
Parvin (Lost Creek) Lane Dexter 1921 75 Lost Creek 43°53′58.0″N 122°49′22.8″W / 43.899444°N 122.823000°W / 43.899444; -122.823000 (Parvin (Lost Creek) Covered Bridge)[27] NRHP
Pengra (Fall Creek) Lane Jasper 1938 120 Fall Creek 43°57′59″N 122°50′33″W / 43.966515°N 122.842576°W / 43.966515; -122.842576 (Pengra Covered Bridge)[28] NRHP
Staples Lane Culp Creek Sharps Creek 43°37′44″N 122°46′44″W / 43.629011°N 122.77895°W / 43.629011; -122.77895 (Staples Covered Bridge)[29] not visible by satellite,
may have been removed
Stewart Lane Walden 1930 60 Mosby Creek 43°45′58″N 122°59′39″W / 43.76601°N 122.99415°W / 43.76601; -122.99415 (Stewart Covered Bridge)[30] NRHP
Unity Lane Lowell 1936 90 Fall Creek 43°56′42″N 122°46′32″W / 43.945126°N 122.775627°W / 43.945126; -122.775627 (Unity Covered Bridge)[31] NRHP
Wendling Lane Wendling 1938 60 Mill Creek 44°11′29″N 122°47′56″W / 44.19133°N 122.79879°W / 44.19133; -122.79879 (Wendling Bridge)[note 5] NRHP
Wildcat Creek Lane Walton 1925 75 Wildcat Creek 44°0′13″N 123°39′9″W / 44.00361°N 123.65250°W / 44.00361; -123.65250 (Wildcat Creek Bridge) NRHP
Chitwood Lincoln Chitwood 1926 96 Yaquina River 44°39′15″N 123°49′04″W / 44.65423°N 123.81767°W / 44.65423; -123.81767 (Chitwood Bridge)[note 6] NRHP
Drift Creek Lincoln Rose Lodge 1914? 66 Bear Creek 44°59′34″N 123°53′15″W / 44.992888°N 123.887613°W / 44.992888; -123.887613 (Drift Creek Covered Bridge)[32] The bridge housing included flared board-and-batten siding, arched portals, ribbon daylighting and wooden flooring; The bridge has long been closed to vehicular traffic but served pedestrian traffic up until quite recently when the approaches were removed; delisted from the NRHP; by tradition the oldest covered span in Oregon, thought its construction date is unknown. It was the covered bridge closest to the Oregon Coast, only 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean.[note 7] It may have been destroyed by a flood and rebuilt in 1933.[33] Lincoln County maintained the bridge as a historical exhibit-in-place since 1965. Because of severe structural problems, the bridge was dismantled and removed from its original location in the fall of 1997. The bridge was reconstructed on private property near Otis.[32]
Fisher School Lincoln Fisher 1919 72 Five Rivers 44°17′30″N 123°50′29″W / 44.29164°N 123.84139°W / 44.29164; -123.84139 (Fisher School (Five Rivers) Covered Bridge)[note 8] NRHP, also known as Five Rivers Covered Bridge[34]
North Fork Yachats Lincoln Yachats (vicinity) 1938 42 North Fork Yachats River 44°18′36″N 123°58′11″W / 44.31000°N 123.96972°W / 44.31000; -123.96972 (North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge) NRHP
Crawfordsville Linn Crawfordsville 1932 105 Calapooia River 44°21′24″N 122°51′39″W / 44.356791°N 122.860919°W / 44.356791; -122.860919 (Crawfordsville Covered Bridge)[35] NRHP, also known as Calapooia River Bridge[35]
Gilkey Linn Crabtree 1939 120 Thomas Creek 44°41′16″N 122°54′12″W / 44.68786°N 122.90343°W / 44.68786; -122.90343 (Gilkey Covered Bridge)[36] NRHP, aka Thomas Creek Bridge, Thomas Creek-Gilkey Covered Bridge
Hannah Linn Scio 1936 105 Thomas Creek 44°42′43″N 122°43′06″W / 44.712067°N 122.718420°W / 44.712067; -122.718420 (Hannah Covered Bridge)[37] NRHP, Howe truss; also known as Thomas Creek Bridge[37]
Hoffman Linn Crabtree 1936 90 Crabtree Creek NRHP, aka Crabtree Creek-Hoffman Covered Bridge
Larwood Linn Crabtree 1939 105 Crabtree Creek 44°37′50″N 122°44′27″W / 44.630678°N 122.740921°W / 44.630678; -122.740921 (Larwood Covered Bridge)[38] NRHP; located at the confluence of Roaring River and Crabtree Creek, carries the historical name of the community. The Larwood Bridge is one of three covered bridges across the Crabtree Creek in Linn County. The 105-foot housed Howe truss exhibits the common Linn County design of exposed truss side openings. The bridge is open to vehicular traffic and is adjacent to the Larwood Wayside Park.[38]
Shimanek Linn Scio 1966 105 Thomas Creek 44°41′16″N 122°54′12″W / 44.68784°N 122.90344°W / 44.68784; -122.90344 (Shimanek Covered Bridge) NRHP, aka Thomas Creek-Shimanek Covered Bridge
Short Linn Cascadia 1945 105 South Santiam River 44°23′30″N 122°30′36″W / 44.391792°N 122.510082°W / 44.391792; -122.510082 (Short Covered Bridge)[39] NRHP; originally named Whiskey Butte Bridge for nearby Whiskey Butte, later renamed for long-term area resident, Gordon Short. Also known as South Fork Santiam River Bridge; Howe truss[39]
Weddle Linn Sweet Home 1937 120 Ames Creek 44°34′38″N 122°43′31″W / 44.577345°N 122.725365°W / 44.577345; -122.725365 (Weddle Covered Bridge)[40] placed in storage in 1987, rebuilt 1990 at the Cascade Forest Resource Center, in Sweet Home; originally located on Kelly County Road over Thomas Creek near Crabtree, possibly at 44°41′16″N 122°54′07″W / 44.68778°N 122.90194°W / 44.68778; -122.90194 (Weddle Covered Bridge (original location))
Gallon House Marion 1917 84 Abiqua Creek 45°01′56″N 122°47′53″W / 45.03215°N 122.79814°W / 45.03215; -122.79814 (Gallon House Covered Bridge) NRHP
Jordan Linn Stayton 1937 90 North Santiam River 44°47′51″N 122°46′01″W / 44.797622°N 122.767033°W / 44.797622; -122.767033 (Jordan Covered Bridge)[41] A housed Howe truss, originally located on Jordan County Road near Lyons. It was moved in 1988 to a city park in Stayton. The Jordan Bridge is one of Linn County's seven distinctive covered bridges with large side openings.[41]
Cedar Crossing Multnomah SE Portland 1982 60 Johnson Creek 45°28′19″N 122°31′26″W / 45.47207°N 122.52381°W / 45.47207; -122.52381 (Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge) Only covered bridge in Multnomah County, Oregon's most populous county
Ritner Creek Polk Pedee 1927 73 Ritner Creek 44°43′40″N 123°26′31″W / 44.727897°N 123.442048°W / 44.727897; -123.442048 (Ritner Creek Covered Bridge)[42] NRHP, Removed from service in 1976 and was the last covered bridge on a state highway in Oregon.

Preservation efforts[edit]

In 2008, The National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration, awarded grants for rehabilitation of seven covered bridges in Oregon.[43]

2008 National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program for Oregon[43]
Bridge Grant
Chambers Railroad Bridge $1,315,370
Chitwood Covered Bridge $1,076,760
N. Fk. Yachats River Covered Bridge $596,704
Gallon House Covered Bridge $51,147
Nelson Mountain Covered Bridge $17,946
Mosby Creek (Layng) Covered Bridge $17,946
Pengra Covered Bridge $17,946
Total $3,093,819

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Adjusted coordinate from http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/mckee.cfm to center of bridge by Google Maps satellite view
  2. ^ Adjusted coordinate from http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/wimer.cfm to center of bridge by Google Maps satellite view
  3. ^ Adjusted coordinate from http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/deadwood.cfm to center of bridge viewed by Google Maps satellite view
  4. ^ Coordinates from embedded map of http://www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon/Willamette-Valley/Attractions/Covered-Bridges/Lake-Creek-Bridge.aspx but not able to visually confirm 2009-06-10
  5. ^ Coordinate obtained from http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/wendling.cfm and adjusted to center of bridge per Google satellite image
  6. ^ Coordinate obtained from http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/chitwood.cfm and adjusted to center of bridge per Google satellite image
  7. ^ Based on descriptions at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOENVIRONMENTAL/historic_bridges_covered1.shtml and http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/bear_creek.cfm, the Drift Creek Covered Bridge was originally located at 44°54′45″N 124°00′16″W / 44.91246°N 124.00453°W / 44.91246; -124.00453 (Drift Creek Covered Bridge (original location?))
  8. ^ http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/fisher.cfm adjusted to center Google satellite image

References[edit]

General references
Specific citations
  1. ^ "Oregon's Covered Bridges". Oregon.com. Retrieved June 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hayden Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ http://home.comcast.net/~draft10/bridges/rock.html
  4. ^ http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BRIDGE/docs/covbrdg/Descriptions/rockodrange.pdf
  5. ^ "South Umpqua River (Milo Academy) Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Neal Lane Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Pass Creek Covered Bridge". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Pass Creek Covered Bridge". State of Oregon. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Rochester Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  10. ^ "Antelope Creek Bridge". Waymarking.com. Groundspeak, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Applegate River (McKee) Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Oregon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  12. ^ Huntington, Howard. "Bridge celebration? Wimer's got it covered", Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Oregon, 07 July 2008.
  13. ^ a b Dennis Rasmussen. "Wimer Covered Bridge Collapse Challenges Community". Citizens for Rebuilding the Wimer Covered Bridge. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  14. ^ "Evans Creek (Wimer) Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Oregon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  15. ^ a b "Grave Creek Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  16. ^ "Centennial Bridge, Cottage Grove, Oregon". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  17. ^ "Chambers Covered Bridge". Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  18. ^ "Coyote Creek Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  19. ^ "Currin Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  20. ^ "Deadwood Creek Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Oregon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  21. ^ "Dorena Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  22. ^ "Earnest Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  23. ^ "Lake Creek Bridge, Greenleaf, Oregon". Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  24. ^ "Lowell Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  25. ^ http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/mosby.cfm
  26. ^ "Mosby Creek (Layng) Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Oregon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  27. ^ "Lost Creek (Parvin) Covered Bridge". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  28. ^ "Pengra Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  29. ^ "Staples Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  30. ^ GNIS feature 1135668 "Stewart Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  is incorrect, using USGS topomap coordinate
  31. ^ "Unity Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  32. ^ a b "Drift Creek Bridge (historical)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  33. ^ "Drift Creek Covered Bridge". Lincoln County Public Works. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  34. ^ "Five Rivers (Fisher School) Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Oregon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  35. ^ a b "Crawfordsville Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  36. ^ http://www.oregon.com/covered_bridges/bridges/gilkey.cfm and adjusted to center Google Satellite view
  37. ^ a b "Hannah Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  38. ^ a b "Larwood Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  39. ^ a b "Short Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  40. ^ "Weddle Covered Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  41. ^ a b "Jordan Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  42. ^ "Ritner Creek Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  43. ^ a b "National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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