Oregon by Greyhound • The Currin Bridge

The Adventure Currin Covered Bridge
Location LAT 43° 47′ 34.9″  N  LON 122° 59′ 47.5″ W 
Date March 21, 2009
Weather 46°, Light rain
Distance 85.9  miles

Built in 1925, the Currin Bridge replaced the original bridge built in 1883. Like many bridges, it was named after a pioneer family.
Amazed that she was still posing for bridges, Minnie smiled once again for the camera.
The country around the bridge was absolutely beautiful, even in the drizzling rain.
The Currin bridge, like Dorena spans the Row River. Her claim to fame is the red siding and white portals. The concrete span that by-passes her was built in 1979.


Oregon by Greyhound • The Dorena Bridge


The Adventure Dorena Covered Bridge
Location LAT 43° 44′ 14.6″  N  LON 122° 53′ 301.4″ W 
Date March 21, 2009
Weather 46°, Raining
Distance 93.6  miles

One of the more modern covered bridges on our quest, Dorena was a very beautiful bridge.
Built in 1949, she actually had louvered windows unlike the other enclosed bridges in Land county.
The bridge spans the Row River just before it dumps into Dorena Reservoir. The bridge is named after the town Dorena, now at the bottom of the reservoir since 1946.
Even though the bridge is large enough for two cars to pass, is was by-passed by a concrete span in 1974.

Oregon by Greyhound • The Stewart Bridge

The Adventure Stewart Covered Bridge
Location LAT 43° 45′ 57.5″  N  LON 122° 59′ 38.9″ W 
Date March 21, 2009
Weather 46°, Light rain
Distance 86.9  miles

Built in 1930, the Stewart Bridge stands beside the daily used concrete span that goes over Mosby Creek.

Mosby Creek

This 90 ft. bridge survived the flood of 1964 with a few snapped lower cords and a collapsed roof just four years later from a snow storm.
Me and Minnie Me! A rare photograph indeed.
A set of stairs led down to the water, well almost. It at least got us under the bridge.
Minnie is a bottom kinda girl. She refuses to jump… anywhere. Not in the car, had the bottom crate at the kennel, and there was no way she was going to take these stairs like a woman.
She also completely missed the point of the covered bridge adventure. Smile for the camera Minnie.
She quickly got the drill down and was ready to get out of the car every time we stopped.

Oregon by Greyhound • The Mosby Creek Bridge

The Adventure Mosby Creek Covered Bridge
Location LAT 43° 46′ 41.7″  N  LON 123° 00′ 17.2″ W 
Date March 21, 2009
Weather 46°, Raining
Distance 85.9  miles
It’s my turn, it’s my turn. I’m the lucky dog! I drew the short bone. It’s sunny and almost 50° at my house.

There’s the sign, covered bridges of Cottage Grove, Lane County, here we come!

Since Douglas Fir was abundant in western Oregon, most of the bridges were hand-built using the Douglas Fir tree. The bridges were covered to keep the wooden trusses dry. An uncovered bridge would last about nine years, but a covered bridge could last 80 years or more. 
We get it now.
Staying dry, Minnie and Karen pause just inside the entry.  
OK mom, is this it? We walk onto the bridge, take a picture and move on?
Okie doakie, onward and upward.

Mosby Creek, a single-lane bridge was the only bridge of the day that had not been by-passed by a steel structure. Built in 1920, it remains Lane County’s oldest bridge.

Oregon By Greyhound • The Larwood Bridge

The Journey Larwood Covered Bridge
Location LAT 44° 39′ 49.1″  N  LON 122° 44′ 26.8″ W 
Date March 13, 2009
Weather 54°, Mostly sunny
Distance 25.3  miles

Probably the most scenic bridge so far, the Larwood Bridge, like the Hoffman, goes over the Crabtree Creek. Probably the most unique feature, besides the beautiful bridge, is that the Roaring Fork River empties into Crabtree Creek. It is the only river that empties into a creek an oddity in U.S. geography and has even been listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Crystal and Karen pose by the creek.
Roaring Fork river.
A small community was established in 1888 known as Larwood. It had a store, a blacksmith shop and a post office. All that remains now is the Larwood covered bridge, built in 1939 and the old water wheel used to drive machinery.
Karen and Crystal are dwarfed by the size of the bridge.
Just up the river about a mile is the Roaring Fork Fish Hatchery. They were more than excited to receive a handout of “fish kibble.”

Oregon By Greyhound • The Hoffman Bridge

The Journey Hoffman Covered Bridge
Location LAT 44° 39′ 11.8″  N  LON 122° 53′ 25.2″ W 
Date March 13, 2009
Weather 54°, Mostly sunny
Distance 21.3  miles

Crystal drew the short bone again, actually she’s such a sneaky thing, she worked her magic crystal just so she could go again. Enjoying some affection by Crabtree Creek with Karen before she goes off to explore the latest covered bridge adventure.
Crabtree Creek is huge, it’s murky and it looks pretty deep and by the time it got to Hoffman Bridge, it was so peaceful.
Unfortunately, it was also home to garter snakes. Three snakes and it was time to move on to the next bridge.
Hoffman Bridge was built in 1936. It’s claim to fame are the two gothic windows on each side.
The timbers on the inside are hand hewed.
Karen and Crystal pose in front of the bridge before crossing back over the creek.

Oregon By Greyhound • The Ritner Creek Bridge


The Journey Ritner Creek Bridge
Location LAT 44° 43′ 39″  N  LON 123° 26′ 30″ W 
Date March 7, 2009
Weather 46°, Partly sunny and cold
Distance 36.2 miles

Dear Mom,
Thank you for taking me on an adventure. But please, take just two extra minutes to print out the directions before we leave next time. I didn’t mind the extra long ride in the car, but a guy could get dizzy turning around so many times, you know what I mean? 
You remembered that the directions said about 3 miles south of Pedee. That was good. You bought a new Garmin GPS and that was good.
So we got to Pedee, drove one mile out of town, going south according to your new girlfriend Garmin… and you thought we were going the wrong way so a round we turn. Back through Pedee, about another mile and turn on a road that sounded familiar and felt to your internal compass like we were going south. I knew we were in trouble when you announced that you normally can’t find your way out of a wet paper bag.
So after about five miles, not three, but five miles you give into Garmin because she says we’re headed east. We turn around, go back the five miles and turn back onto the road to Pedee. Back through Pedee heading south according to Garmin and head down some gravel road for about a mile.
Fortunately for us, there was a kind traveler behind us and you asked him if he knew where the Ritner bridge was. “Go back to the paved road, turn right and it is about a mile south.”
‘Nuff said, if you had just paid more attention to Garmin, we would have been to the bridge 45 minutes earlier when the sun was still shining and I wasn’t dizzy from turning around so many times.
At last, the Ritner Creek covered bridge, in all of her glory.
The local community was quite proud of the wayside they had created.
Mommy K and I read about the bridge and then we were off to explore.
I had posed enough for pictures, I wanted to see what all of the fuss is with these creeks and bridges. Roxy came home from her adventures and I didn’t think she would ever shut up.
The portals, as they are called were a very interesting shape. It looked like it was a long way down to the creek from where we stould.

Yep, it is a long way down there, I was quite careful to keep my distance from the edge.
Ok momma Karen, we’ve seen the bridge, now where are we going?
Guess you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see the next stop on our adventure.

Oregon By Greyhound • The Hannah Bridge

The Journey Hannah Bridge
Location LAT 44° 42′ 42″  N  LON 122° 43′ 08″ W 
Date March 6, 2009
Weather 48°, Sunny
Distance 38.5 miles
Onward we go Roxy girl. Just a few more miles down this road and we should see another covered bridge. Why look, there it is, and a very pretty one at that.

Still traveled by car, it looks like not everyone pays attention to the height limits. If they did that kind of damage to the beams, what do you suppose the vehicle looked like when they reached the other side?
Well Roxy, it looks like Hannah’s claim to fame is that she is the youngest, built in 1936, of the five bridges that cross Thomas Creek.
 
Smile pretty for the camera Roxy girl.
Yes Roxy, we know there are three more bridges to see on this creek alone, but we have to go home and feed your friends. Maybe, just maybe you will be lucky and draw the short bone again.
Looking up from the creek, one last look at the Hannah covered bridge.


Oregon By Greyhound • The Shimanek Bridge

The Journey Shimanek Bridge
Location LAT 44° 43′ 01″  N  LON 122° 48′ 12″ W 
Date March 6, 2009
Weather 48°, Sunny
Distance 35 miles
Hark! I see a sign! Mom, quick follow that sign.
So a sharp left takes us to a road never traveled by us. Highway 226, out of Scio leads us to Richardson Gap Rd. A fairly busy farm road through the Shimanek Bridge, Oregon’s longest covered bridge span, 130′.
Mom, that seems to be a fairly busy highway, don’t get to close. That also looks like another really new bridge, where’s the history around this joint?

OK Roxy, we’ll run up for our picture, you’re a greyhound, we can go fast.
The sign says this bridge was built in 1966, you’re right Roxy, it isn’t that old. And yes, it has a story. 
They think the first bridge built at this location was in 1861, and the first covered bridge was built in 1891. In 1904 the county rebuilt the bridge, only to watch it take a trip down the river in 1921. Again, they built a replacement. It was damaged by high water in 1927 and replaced once again. 
In 1962 high winds blew trees into the fourth structure on this sight causing much damage. The bridge was destroyed soon after and in 1966 they built the fifth bridge on this location, painted it red and waited for you to walk across it Roxy.
Run Roxy, Run!

The current bridge matches the red paint, portal design and louvered windows of the bridge that was built in 1927. All of the old and best of the new.
Alrighty Roxy, it’s time, let’s follow that sign.
Tune into tomorrow for Roxy’s adventure part trois.

Oregon By Greyhound • The Stayton-Jordon Bridge

It’s Friday, it’s a sunny Friday, it’s a greyt day to play hookie! Shhhhhh, don’t tell our bosses.
This week it is Roxy’s adventure and what a fun afternoon we had.
The Journey Stayton-Jordon Bridge
Location LAT 44° 47′ 56″  N  LON 122° 47′ 13″ W 
Date March 6, 2009
Weather 48°, Sunny
Distance 16 miles
Look mom, this bridge is in great shape, especially since it was built in 1937.
Oh, but wait, there is more to the story.
Geez mom, even this plaque doesn’t tell the WHOLE story. The bridge was dedicated at it’s new location in June of 1988. What it doesn’t tell you is that on December 20, 1994 the bridge caught fire from Christmas lighting. What wasn’t destroyed by that fire was destroyed later by choice. In 1997 the citizens of Stayton rebuilt the bridge and dedicated it in September 1998.
Mom, I think the picture we want is over there.
Yeppers, that’s the picture.
Car’s this way mom. This is my adventure and we have places to go and bridges to see.
Come back tomorrow for Roxy’s adventure part deux.