Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the West
and one of the largest in the nation. Most are located in the
Northern Region of Oregon. This page covers the Southern Region.
The covered-bridge-building tradition in Oregon dates from the
1850s. Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials at
hand. Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited
to bridge construction. To increase their useful life, houses
were constructed over the timber trusses to protect them from
the damp western Oregon climate.
The heyday of covered bridge
building in Oregon occurred between 1905 and 1925 when there
were an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state. By 1977,
this number had dwindled to 56. This focuses on covered bridges
designed or built for vehicular traffic. Based on this criteria,
Oregon currently has 50 covered bridges, with about 15 in our
southern area and only one in Coos County Coastal area.
that many of them are located by Creeks.
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