Covered Bridges

Covered Bridges

Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the West and one of the largest in the nation.
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 guide focuses on covered bridges designed or built for vehicular traffic. 

Based on these criteria Oregon currently has 50 covered bridges.

54 depending on who you ask

Even more according to Steve Storm Photography

*Centennial Covered Bridge is a pedestrian bridge in Cottage Grove, Lane County.

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Metro Portland
Cedar Crossing 

Central Oregon

Oregon Coast

Southern Oregon

Willamette Valley

Irish Bend 
(Bike photo coming soon)

Battle Creek aka Coyote Creek

Nelson Mountain aka Lake Creek
Crabtree aka Hoffman


  1. Very nice growing collection, Brad!
    There is something sweet about a covered bridge. Love seeing them.

  2. Very interesting, those bridges are lovely and built like that to protect the trusses from the weather?! Quite a substantial amount of extra building to be done, we don't have anything like that down here in South Africa, more's the pity.

  3. Awesome collection. Keep it coming, Brad!

  4. Don't know what it is about covered bridges that makes them give the sense of comfort and just plain old good feelings.


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