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Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken 1992 by Larry Matthews

BH Photo #101327

Map 

Description 

The future is bright for this wonderful bridge. It is scheduled for a rehabilitation in 2016. Update, 2018, it is reopened to light motor traffic.

The Oregon Creek Bridge was built in 1860 by Thomas Freeman on Alleghany Road and was known at the time as Freemans Crossing bridge. It is located just off Highway 49 where it crosses the middle fork of the Yuba River near the entrance to Oregon Creek campground. It is over seventy-seven feet long. It was an important crossing on the Middle Yuba road providing mining towns most needed supplies from central valley towns. In 1883 a dam on the middle Yuba river called English dam broke and washed mountains of logs and debris blocking Oregon Creek. The waters flowed upstream washing the bridge off its foundation and upstream over 100 feet. As the waters subsided it washed back downstream 150 feet. Using oxen teams and log rollers, the bridge was pulled back downstream and reattached to its foundation. It was swapped 180 degrees in the process so the east end is now west and the west end east. -- backcountryexplorers.com

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Oregon Creek on Alleghany Ridge Road at Oregon Creek Campground
Location
Yuba County, California
Status
Open to light traffic
History
Built 1860 by Thomas Freeman, closed 2010
Builder
- Thomas Freeman
Design
Covered Singular Howe pony truss bridge.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 327.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1975
Also called
Freeman's Crossing Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.39694, -121.08194   (decimal degrees)
39°23'49" N, 121°04'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/665161/4362582 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Camptonville
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
60
Inventory numbers
WGCB 05-58-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 75000499 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
CA 16C-17 (California bridge number)
BH 11758 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
  • March 29, 2018: Updated by Craig Philpott: updated status, open
  • January 19, 2018: Backcountry Explorers
  • October 13, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Fixed design and road name
  • October 12, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: To be rehabilitated and reopened to automobiles in 2016!
  • October 11, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Rehab possible soon
  • July 3, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • December 4, 2008: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photo from Larry Matthews

Sources 

Comments 

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted March 29, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Flagged as duplicate

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01
Posted March 29, 2018, by Craig Philpott (craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been rehabilitated and new photos submitted by friend of site.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted March 29, 2018, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This is a duplicate posting of bridge: Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01
Posted January 12, 2018, by Elizabeth Yarlott (H2oyarlott [at] aol [dot] com)

In 1975 my husband to be and I carved our initials on this bridge. In 2007 we revisited the bridge, and though there had been a fire, we still made out our initials.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01
Posted May 21, 2015, by Danielle (Backyardiganmom [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was yesterday 5-19-15

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted July 26, 2011, by Dale Engblom (engblomd [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It has been a long time since I have seen this old bridge. 15 years ago I moved from Citrus Heights to Cameron Park and have not seen that bridge that whole time. I used to fish the river and would drive my motorcycle across the bridge to get to the parking area. I usually had pretty good luck fishing in the Yuba. I hope the bridge can be restored before it gets to the point of being beyond repair. You just don't see bridges like this too often anymore.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted July 3, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This bridge is in significant disrepair. While apparently structurally sound it has been closed to traffic with K-rails randomly shoved across the entrances. The graffiti is extensive and sad and the anti-graffiti fencing inside the bridge adds a sense of hopelessness.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted May 9, 2011, by Carolyn Perkins (wiseskywoman [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I hate to say this, but you were hardly the only ones to have seen the bridge in decades. The swimming hole there on the Yuba is very well used in the summer and lots of folks walk across to get to the river.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted September 19, 2010, by Sierra Mayhem Jeep Tours (Pans4au [at] sierramayhemjeeptours [dot] com)

Bridge is now closed to vehicle traffic and it has suffered some graffiti on the inside. Still an interesting stop.

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted December 15, 2008, by dot (dotbushette [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Absolutely loved the bridge!Felt like my husband and I were the only ones to have seen it in decades! So very old and off the beaten path. A true delight!

Oregon Creek Covered Bridge
Posted December 15, 2008, by dot (dotbushette [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Absolutely loved the bridge!Felt like my husband and I were the only ones to have seen it in decades! So very old and off the beaten path. A true delight!