In October 2009, my mother and I, and the four dogs, began a venture that would end up taking us on a journey throughout the western half of the state of Oregon. Our goal was to visit all of Oregon's covered bridges. We accomplished this goal in six weekend day trips. I have divided the covered bridges into eight regions.
Here is what we discovered in the
WILLAMETTE VALLEY - LOWELL REGION.
Lowell Covered Bridge
World Guide Number: 37-20-18
The Lowell Covered Bridge was built in 1945 with the Howe truss design and spans 165 feet across the Middle Fork Willamette River ~ Dexter Lake Reservoir.
When Amos Hyland settled on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in 1874, he plotted a small townsite and named it after his birthplace of Lowell, Maine.
Parvin Covered Bridge
World Guide Number: 37-20-19
The Parvin Covered Bridge was built in 1921 with the Howe truss design and spans 75 feet over Lost Creek.
Unity Covered Bridge
World Guide Number: 37-20-17
The Unity Covered Bridge was built in 1936 with the Howe truss design and spans 90 feet crossing Fall Creek.
A nearby maple tree took center stage, brilliantly displaying its fall colors.
Pengra Covered Bridge
World Guide Number: 37-20-15
The Pengra Covered Bridge was built in 1938 with the Howe truss design and spans 120 feet across Fall Creek.
Since 18" timbers were too large to be run through a mill, they were rough-hewn in the woods, transported to the bridge site by truck and resurfaced before being set into place. The dimensions of the upper chord are similar proportions at 14" x 18" x 96 feet.
Coyote Creek Covered Bridge
The Coyote Creek Covered Bridge sits west of Eugene and south of Crow. The bridge is not apart of the Lowell or the Cottage Grove collection. It sits alone all by itself. I have put it into the Lowell collection because it is close to Eugene.
World Guide Number: 37-20-02
The Coyote Creek Covered Bridge was built in 1920 with the Howe truss design and spans 60 feet across Coyote Creek.
The Coyote Creek Bridge is often called Battle Creek Bridge because it is located on Battle Creek Road. Others refer to it as the Swing Log Bridge because it was called that many years ago. The Coyote Creek Bridge was originally part of Territorial Road (1851) and was included in the state secondary road system. The bridge was bypassed when truck traffic became too heavy and a more direct highway route was constructed.
To get there from Eugene, travel six miles west on Highway 126 to Crow Road. Take Crow Road southwest to its intersection with Territorial Highway. Turn left (south) on Territorial Highway for one mile to Battle Creek Road. Turn right (west) on Battle Creek Road for approximately 100 yards.