Covered Bridges of Douglas County


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In the 1930's there were over 300 covered bridges in Oregon. Today, there are 53, the largest concentration in the western United States. Timber, used to construct bridges, was an easily accessable building material. It was discovered, however, that if they were covered, the life of the bridge was greatly increased and thus requiring very little maintenance.

 

1. Cavitt Creek

Built by veteran Douglas County covered bridge builder Floyd C. Frear, this bridge spans Little River near its confluence with Cavitt Creek.

Directions: From I-5 take exit #124 in Roseburg, travel east on Hwy 138 for 16 miles; turn right at Little River Road (County Road #17A & #17C) and travel south for 8 miles; the covered bridge is on the right.


2. Horse Creek

Once located in Lane County on the McKenzie River, this bridge now provides foot traffic to those vising Millsite Park on Myrtle Creek.

Directions: From I-5 take exit #108 in Myrtle Creek, travel south on Main Street and follow signs to Millsite Park in downtown Myrtle Creek.


3. Milo Academy

Upon requests from local residents, this steel through place girder span bridge is a replacement for a covered timber structure erected at this location in 1920. The Milo Academy bridge provides access to a Seventh Day Adventist school

Directions: From I-5 take exit #98 in Canyonville, travel east on Tiller Trail Hwy (County Road #1) for 18 miles; the covered bridge is on the right (PRIVATE).


4. Neal Lane

One of the shortest covered bridges in Oregon, this bridge was built for only $1,000 and was constructed by Douglas County. Floyd C. Frear was the county engineer and Homer Gallop was the bridge foreman.

Directions: From I-5 take exit #108 in Myrtle Creek, travel south on Old Hwy 99 (Main Street) for one-half mile; turn left onto Riverside Drive immediately after crossing bridge, travel east for a short distance; turn right onto Days Creek Cut Off Road (County Road #42) and travel one-half mile; the covered bridge is on the right.


5. Pass Creek

One of the few Oregon covered bridges within city boundaries, this bridge is closed to traffic but provides foot traffic for children on their way to and from a nearby school.

Directions: From I-5 traveling south, take exit #162 to Drain, about 7 miles; once in downtown Drain stay on First Street, crossing over ‘B' Street; the covered bridge is behind the Civic Center at 205 ‘A' Street. From I-5 traveling north, take exit #150 to Drain about 9 miles; once in downtown Drain, turn right onto ‘A' Street and the covered bridge is behind the Civic Center at 205 ‘A' Street.


6. Rochester

Built by veteran Oregon covered bridge builder Floyd C. Frear, this bridge is an import representative of covered bridge design, featuring side windows with graceful, curved tops.

Directions: From I-5 take exit #138 traveling west on Stearns Lake (County Road #10A); continue for about 3 miles, the covered bridge is on the right.