Wednesday, June 18, 2014

25/52: Covered Bridge Tour on Father's Day Weekend

We had a wonderful Father's Day Weekend in Eugene/Springfield.

Saturday we took a road trip tour of covered bridges in the Cottage Grove area. 

Mosby Creek Bridge; constructed in 1920.  This is the oldest bridge in Lane Country and one lane remains open to traffic today (although closed for repairs)

Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the West and once of the largest in the nation.

   The Stewart Bridge constructed in 1930 and restored in 1996

The covered-bridge building tradition in Oregon dates from the 1850's.  Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials on hand.  Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited for bridge construction.

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, the number dwindled to 50.

 Chambers Bridge; built in 1925 by lumberman J.H. Chambers.  This is the only remaining covered railroad bridge West of the Mississippi River.  This is the bridge my father "might" have tried to burn down when he was a kid!?

The Currin Bridge was constructed in 1925 and restored in 1995, the bridge features white portals and red sides.

The Dorena Bridge was constructed in 1949 and restored in 1996 

The best part of the day was hearing all my Pop's stories about growing up in the area and getting into some serious trouble when he was a kid.

A final treat was driving up to Grandma Cavey's old homestead.  

This is the barn that my Pop helped build with Grandpa Cavey.  The white building is where they milked the cows.

What a great adventure for Father's Day Weekend!