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Sandy Creek Covered Bridge 37-06-09


Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on March 15, 2010


BH Photo #163242

Street View 


The Sandy Creek Covered Bridge carried traffic on Oregon Highway 42 until it was bypassed in 1949.

The 60-foot span was considered short in comparison to other covered bridges built on Oregon highways. The bridge is strengthened by two crossed Howe truss members on each chord, a rarity in short covered bridges. An additional aspect of the bridge is the use of large-framed windows on both sides of the structure, maximizing the illumination of the bridge interior.

In late 1981, a plan was developed to make a park at the bridge and use the old wooden structure as a covered picnic site. The Myrtle Point Lions Club adopted the bridge as a major project. Work at the site began in 1982 and included a new roof, replacing boards and structural pieces, clearing brush and applying a coat of white paint. The park was dedicated in 1984 and now includes a tourist information center at the bridge site.

The nearby community of Remote received its name, it is believed, due to its geographic isolation.

(Reference: Roofs Over Rivers, by Bill and Nick Cockrell)

Maxwell Photo Description 

This is the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge at Remote, sometimes called the Remote Covered Bridge. The covered bridge was built in 1921 by contractor A. Guthrie & Company and is 60 feet long. Construction costs totaled $8,188.63. It has a Howe truss and was on Highway 42. The covered bridge was bypassed in 1949 when the highway route was realigned. The World Guide Number for the bridge is 37-06-09. The covered bridge is now in a wayside park and is bypassed by automotive traffic.

(Oregon State Archives, Salem Public Library, 4823)


Howe through truss bridge over Sandy Creek on Abandoned OR-42 (park path)
Remote, Coos County, Oregon
Open to pedestrians
Built 1921
- A. Guthrie & Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota (Contractor)
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 98.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Also called
Remote Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.00636, -123.89175   (decimal degrees)
43°00'23" N, 123°53'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/427322/4761906 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
238.0 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79002051 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photo
  • August 31, 2010: Essay added by Michael Goff
  • April 21, 2010: Added by Michael Goff