Rock O' the Range Bridge

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Rock O' the Range Bridge
Rock O' the Range Bridge, road view.jpg
Carries Bowery Lane
Crosses Swalley Canal
Maintained by Local Homeowners
Design Covered
Total length 42 feet (13 m)
Clearance above 12.3 feet (3.7 m)
Constructed by Maurice Olson
Construction end 1963[1]
Rock O' the Range Bridge
Rock O' the Range Bridge is located in Oregon
Rock O' the Range Bridge
Rock O' the Range Bridge is located in the US
Rock O' the Range Bridge
Nearest city Bend, Oregon
Coordinates 44°7′23″N 121°17′7″W / 44.12306°N 121.28528°W / 44.12306; -121.28528Coordinates: 44°7′23″N 121°17′7″W / 44.12306°N 121.28528°W / 44.12306; -121.28528
Built 1963
Architectural style Other, King Post Truss
MPS Oregon Covered Bridges TR
NRHP Reference # 79002054[2]
Added to NRHP November 29, 1979

The Rock O' the Range Bridge, also called the Swalley Canal Bridge, is a bridge located north of Bend, Oregon, U.S., on a street adjacent to U.S. Route 97. It is the only covered span in the state of Oregon on the east side of the Cascade Range. It is also one of very few privately owned covered bridges in Oregon.[3]


William Bowen, a proprietor of land north of Bend, was forced to build an access road across the Swalley Canal to access his property. His bridge was inspired by the Goodpasture Bridge in Lane County. Bowen hired Maurice Olson to build the bridge; it was finished in 1963 for $4500 ($35,203 in 2017).

High loads have damaged the portal boards and roof braces, due to an unusually short 9-foot (270 cm) clearance.


Though the Rock O' The Range Bridge has a roof on it, it is technically not a covered bridge according to the World Guide because it is not supported by a truss.[3][4][5] The World Guide appended a letter to the identification number to make it unique to other covered bridges.

Because of its small size and safety hazard, the bridge is denied maintenance by Deschutes County. Upkeep is performed by homeowners using the bridge.[4]

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  1. ^ Young, Amalie (July 8, 2001). "The bridges in our own back yard". Eugene Register-Guard. pp. 3H. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Oregon Covered Bridges - Rock O' the Range Bridge, Deschutes County OR". Talent, Oregon: Oregon Travels Visitors Guide. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Rock O' the Range Bridge". Comcast. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Swalley Canal (Rock O' The Range) Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. State of Oregon. Retrieved 31 August 2011.