Antelope Creek Bridge

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Antelope Creek Covered Bridge
Antelope Creek Covered Bridge (Jackson County, Oregon scenic images) (jacDA0027).jpg
Antelope Covered Bridge in 2008
Antelope Creek Bridge is located in Oregon
Antelope Creek Bridge
Location of the bridge in Jackson County, Oregon
Antelope Creek Bridge is located in the US
Antelope Creek Bridge
Antelope Creek Bridge (the US)
Nearest city Eagle Point, Oregon
Coordinates 42°28′19.1″N 122°48′00.8″W / 42.471972°N 122.800222°W / 42.471972; -122.800222Coordinates: 42°28′19.1″N 122°48′00.8″W / 42.471972°N 122.800222°W / 42.471972; -122.800222
Built 1922[2] (1987)[3]
Built by Lyle and Wes Hartman[4]
Architectural style Queen post truss, modified
MPS Oregon Covered Bridges TR
NRHP reference # 79002071[1]
Added to NRHP 2012 (1979)

The Antelope Creek Bridge is a wooden covered bridge, 58 feet (18 m) long, spanning Little Butte Creek in Eagle Point in the U.S. state of Oregon. Constructed in 1922 by brothers Wes and Lyle Hartman, it originally spanned Antelope Creek, north of Medford.[4] Antelope Creek is a tributary of Little Butte Creek, which it enters about 2 miles (3 km) downstream of Eagle Point.[5] According to Oregon's Covered Bridges, at its original location the bridge carried "the old Medford – Crater Lake Road" over Antelope Creek.[6]

After a newer span replaced the bridge at its original location, it was no longer used by vehicles, and it deteriorated.[7] Even so, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1979.[4]

In 1987, to save the bridge, volunteers took it down and reassembled it over Little Butte Creek in Eagle Point.[8] Since then it has served as a pedestrian bridge[4] in Covered Bridge Park, adjacent to the veterans' memorial.[9]

In 1988, after its move to Eagle Point, the bridge was temporarily delisted because restoration work had created side windows that were not part of the original. In 2012, after correction of those alterations, the bridge was re-added to the NRHP.[4]

Notable features of the bridge include its queenpost truss modified by addition of a kingpost, its ribbon openings under the eaves, and its cantilevered buttresses.[7] The bridge has a cedar roof, semi-circular portals, and board siding without battens.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Young, Amalie (July 8, 2001). "The Bridges in Our Own Back Yard". Eugene Register-Guard. pp. 3H. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Little Butte Creek (Antelope Creek) Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "2013 Oregon's Historic Bridge Field Guide: Antelope Creek, Pedestrian" (PDF). Oregon State Library. 2013. p. 109. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved March 29, 2016 – via Acme Mapper. 
  6. ^ Cockrell, Bill (2008). Oregon's Covered Bridges. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-7385-5818-9. 
  7. ^ a b Smith, Dwight A.; Norman, James B.; Dykman, Pieter T. (1989) [1986]. Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon (2nd ed.). Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 175. ISBN 0-87595-205-4. 
  8. ^ McKechnie, Ralph (October 15, 2012). "Eagle Point Covered Bridge to Go Back on National Historic Register". Upper Rogue Independent. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Covered Bridge Park". City of Eagle Point. Retrieved March 29, 2016.