Bridging History

Oregon was a leader in the 1850s in the construction of covered bridges over rivers and  creeks. Steel was difficult to obtain, and expensive. Timber, on the other hand, was readily available. This is one reason Oregon became the state with the most covered bridges west of the Mississippi, and Lane County the leader of the state in numbers.

The pioneers discovered that by covering the bridges, it protected the wood from decay, particularly the planking that made up the roadway. 

Lane County to this day is the leader . . .

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