I’ve long been a fan of old covered bridges, maybe because I was born in Ohio, and my dad would go out of his way on any Sunday drive to find one that was near. When I later lived in Cambridge, OH, there was one that had been moved to the city park and remnants of another at Salt Fork State Park that had not been moved. The latter was mostly submerged when the dam made Salt Fork Lake, and what could be seen of it was slowly rotting.
Then there was the Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, IN, where the county claimed to have the most standing old bridges in the US. Now I am in Oregon which claims the most in the west. Yesterday I went with a Parks and Recreation van trip for seniors to see some of the Oregon bridges. This was my second trip checking out Oregon’s bridges–I forget the location of the first. But the first thing I noticed both times was that most are white in contrast to the red of the midwestern ones. So while others in the van were asking why Shimanek was red, I was asking why all the others were white.
For most of the day it was drizzling, so I could get only some whole bridge shots.
But most photos were shot under the roof, inside.
Hoffman Bridge, lower right, is unique for the shape of its windows.
It is Oregon, and winter, so there is moss.
And Gilkey Bridge is beside a railroad.
Up until the 60s there was a covered bridge over the railroad too.
Love the lines in those supporting beams.
Travel is fun for itself, but when it also offers design potential, how much better!