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A report from 1905 noted that Oregon bridges lasted only about five years if they were not covered, so in the ensuing years, some 450 covered bridges were built. Times change, reinforced concrete techniques were vastly improved and most of the covered bridges are gone or have been replaced. If there is one area wooden bridges needed to be covered, it was in the dank, dark Coast Range where over 100 inches of rain can fall a year. You will find more about the individual bridges in Yachats, Florence and Kings Valley. The bridges share ribbon windows at the eaves to allow interior lighting and because of the high amount of rainfall, the sides of the houses are flared.
One bridge without its own home on other pages is the Drift Creek Bridge ? Oregon?s oldest dating to 1914. I have read that the bridge was built for the road which was the predecessor to the main US 101 highway. Newer and bigger roads bypassed that old route and even on a sideway, the wooden span was bypassed by a concrete span in the 1960?s. Kept as a monument to early Lincoln County pioneers, the deteriorating condition of the bridge made it so that even pedestrians could go out onto the bridge in 1988. The County decided to dismantle the bridge in 1997 and at the last moment the Sweitz family stepped up and asked for the bridge. The family persevered through many hardships and struggles in the next couple years but with the help of local timber companies, the bridge was rebuilt on their property, crossing Bear Creek about eight miles north and inland from its old site. In return for the bridge, the family granted a public easement for heritage purposes and you can admire their sweat equity as the bridge lives on in its new location.
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