Unity Bridge (Lowell, Oregon)

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Unity Bridge
Unity Bridge, Big Fall Creek.JPG
Unity Bridge over Fall Creek
Unity Bridge (Lowell, Oregon) is located in Oregon
Unity Bridge (Lowell, Oregon)
Unity Bridge (Lowell, Oregon) is located in the United States
Unity Bridge (Lowell, Oregon)
Nearest cityLowell, Oregon
Coordinates43°56′43″N 122°46′26″W / 43.94528°N 122.77389°W / 43.94528; -122.77389Coordinates: 43°56′43″N 122°46′26″W / 43.94528°N 122.77389°W / 43.94528; -122.77389
Built1936
Architectural styleHowe Truss
MPSOregon Covered Bridges TR
NRHP reference #79002093[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 29, 1979[1]

Unity Bridge (World Guide Number 37-20-170) is an historic 90-foot (27 m) long covered bridge over Fall Creek at Unity near Lowell in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Also known as Unity Covered Bridge and Unity Creek Bridge, it was built in 1936 at a cost $4,400 by Lane County using the Howe truss system. Its east side features a full-length window with its own roof so that drivers can see oncoming cars.[2]

The Unity Bridge was preceded by a covered bridge built in 1890. Limited to foot-traffic only after 1936, it was removed in 1953. The Unity Bridge, which replaced the original bridge, is 0.75 miles (1.2 km) further upstream.[3] It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) downstream of the dam impounding Fall Creek Lake.[4]

County officials temporarily closed the bridge for repairs in 1986. Work included a new floor, exterior painting, repair of piers and guardrails, and vandalism cleanup.[3]

The bridge carries Lowell–Unity Road over the creek.[3] Unity Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Unity Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Unity Creek Covered Bridge". Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Fall Creek (Unity) Covered Bridge" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 13, 2016 – via Acme Mapper. The map includes mile markers along the creek.