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Boswell Springs Covered Bridge


Boswell Springs Covered Bridge over Elk Creek in Douglas, County, 1957

Photo by Ben Maxwell, 1957

Oregon State Archives, Salem Public Library, 4830

View this photo at photos.salemhistory.net

BH Photo #175549

Maxwell Photo Description 

This bridge was initially identified as Krewson Covered Bridge (also Pass Creek Bridge) over Pass Creek in Drain. However, some critical differences in this bridge and the Krewson Bridge are evident. This bridge has rounded portal openings and exterior buttress braces. These features are not included in the Krewson Covered Bridge. The sign on the bridge declares the vertical clearance to be 13 feet 9 inches. Most likely, this is the Boswell Springs Covered Bridge in Douglas County. The Boswell Springs Covered Bridge was built in 1922 and was 64 feet long. It was located 3 miles south of Drain.
(Oregon State Archives, Salem Public Library, 4830)


Lost Howe through truss bridge over Elk Creek on Boswell Road
Douglas County, Oregon
Replaced by a new bridge in the 1950's
Built 1922, Demolished in the 1950's
Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.64081, -123.29817   (decimal degrees)
43°38'27" N, 123°17'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/475950/4832022 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2010: Essay added by Michael Goff

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