Row River National Recreation Trail

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The trail in fall
Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway train entering Dorena, Oregon, 1971. This line was closed in 1987, and is now the Row River Trail.

Row River National Recreation Trail is a rails to trails conversion in the U.S. state of Oregon. It follows the Row River for 15.6 miles (25.1 km) between Cottage Grove and Dorena Lake,[1] and provides access to many forest trails of Umpqua National Forest.

The rail line was built to service gold and silver mining of the Bohemia mining district well up the Row River. The mines were closing by the time the rail line was complete, but the region's old-growth timber attracted many logging operations and communities which kept the rail line busy.[2] The Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railway abandoned the line around 1990. A timber sale default resulted in the Bureau of Land Management taking the rail corridor in exchange for payment.

There are three historic covered bridges on the trail: the Mosby Creek Bridge of 1920, Currin Bridge of 1925, and the Dorena Bridge of 1949.[1]

Several movies have been filmed along the route, including 1926's The General with Buster Keaton,[1] 1974's Emperor of the North (Pole) with Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine,[3] and 1986's Stand by Me with Keifer Sutherland and River Phoenix.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Row River National Recreation Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon". U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b Finn J.D. John (March 21, 2010). "Steam excursion train line is now a new bike path". Off Beat Oregon. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway". Abandoned Railroads of the Pacific Northwest. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

Coordinates: 43°47′52″N 123°03′26″W / 43.79778°N 123.05722°W / 43.79778; -123.05722