Mosby Creek Bridge

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Not to be confused with Stewart Bridge (Walden, Oregon).
Mosby Creek Bridge
Mosby Creek Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 43°46′42″N 123°00′17″W / 43.77833°N 123.00472°W / 43.77833; -123.00472Coordinates: 43°46′42″N 123°00′17″W / 43.77833°N 123.00472°W / 43.77833; -123.00472
Carries Layng Road
Crosses Mosby Creek
Design Covered, Howe truss
Total length 90 feet (27 m)
Width 13.5 feet (4.1 m)
Clearance above 12.3 feet (3.7 m)
Constructed by Walter and Miller Sorenson
Construction end 1920
Closed 1979
Mosby Creek Bridge
Mosby Creek Bridge is located in Oregon
Mosby Creek Bridge
Mosby Creek Bridge is located in the US
Mosby Creek Bridge
Nearest city Cottage Grove, Oregon
Coordinates 43°46′42″N 123°0′17″W / 43.77833°N 123.00472°W / 43.77833; -123.00472
Area 0.1 acres (0.04 ha)
Built 1920
Architectural style Howe Truss
MPS Oregon Covered Bridges TR
NRHP Reference # 79002083[1]
Added to NRHP November 29, 1979

The Mosby Creek Bridge, also called the Layng Bridge, is a historic Howe truss covered bridge located near Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States. The bridge crosses Mosby Creek and was constructed in 1920, making it the oldest covered bridge in Lane County.[2]

The Mosby Creek Bridge was built in 1920 for a cost of $4125 (US$49,315 in 2017) by Walter and Miller Sorenson.[3] The bridge was named after the pioneer David Mosby. He settled east of present-day Cottage Grove near the current site of the bridge on a 1,600 acres (650 ha) land claim.[4]

Unique design elements of the Mosby Creek Bridge include semi-circular portal arches (the entrances to the bridge), ribbon openings at the roofline, and board-and-batten siding, as well as modifications to the basic Howe truss design.[3] In 1990, the bridge underwent a major restoration.[5] In 2002, the corrugated metal roof that capped the bridge's gable roof was replaced with synthetic material, as well as other repairs.[3][6]

In 1979, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Mosby Creek Bridge remains open to traffic, the only bridge in the area that does so.[2] The Mosby Creek Bridge receives regular maintenance from the county.[7]

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  1. ^ "Mosby Creek Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Covered Bridges Of Cottage Grove, Oregon". Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ Mosby Creek Bridge on the Oregon tourism website.
  5. ^ Mosby Creek Bridge on
  6. ^ Matthews, Larry (February 17, 2008). "Mosby Creek Covered Bridge". Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mosby Creek Covered Bridge". Lane County. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

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