The covered bridge legacy in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove claims the title, “Covered Bridge Capital of the West,” in part since it has one of the highest concentrations of covered bridges in this area while also possessing the only covered railroad bridge west of the Mississippi River. Local business leaders working under the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce sought to turn these romantic structures into a way to generate a living for locals when timber jobs became scarce. Along with the growing appreciation of the touristic and nostalgic value of Covered Bridges in Oregon, came the awareness that these treasures were slipping away. Oregon once . . .