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!
11 responses to “Oregon Covered Bridges”
Great shots! More places I’ve never been to or seen.
Lots of quilting ideas do I see – I like the cross xs and the straight stained ceiling best. Like the contrast of color it has too.
Do explain why the bridges are covered? It’s not a phenomenon I’m familiar with from either cold, wet northern Europe or hot, dry Australia. They seem very well built and sturdy, so there must be a compelling reason.
I did a quick search and it seems they were covered to protect the trusses. Protecting the trusses from sun and water damage apparently can extend the life of wooden bridges tenfold (at least according to one website!). Glad you asked the question!
I wonder why it never caught on elsewhere… Thank you for the informative reply 🙂
Thanks for sharing these, they are very interesting. I only have seen one covered bridge here in California, in the foothills of the Sierras north of Sacramento (can’t remember exact location now). I only had seem some back East. There is something very romantic about them, especially now in the 21st Century. Makes me want to explore Oregon again (and it isn’t all that far, is it?)
What a wonderful opportunity! I’m so glad you took such great pictures and shared so many here. I always love covered bridges.
Beautiful pictures! It is so funny the difference in color regionally. I’ve seen colored bridges both out East and in the Midwest but never picked up on the pattern.
I’m in Oregon! Are you located or visiting? I love your photos, there’s just something so sweet about covered bridges!
I love covered bridges, too. In the town in Vermont I lived in, there were seven, two of which were only a couple miles from my house, and one of those was still in use (on a busy street in town!)
Thanks for the look at yours!
Nice bridges AND nice pictures 😊