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Milo Academy Covered Bridge 37-10-C


Milo Academy Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on July 4, 2010


BH Photo #169306

Street View 


The bridge at the Seventh Day Adventist Academy near Milo is one-of-a-kind in Oregon covered bridge history. The covering certainly is not a structural necessity but fills an aesthetic need, as it is Oregon's only steel bridge housed in wood. The World Guide Number now ends with a letter, indicating the span is not a true truss supported bridge.

Since 1920, residents had a covered bridge serving the academy across the South Umpqua River. When the wooden covered bridge was replaced with a steel span, the community felt it had lost a part of its identity. The steel structure was then modified to include the wooden housing, and today the white covered bridge stands as a reminder to the residents of their previous covered bridge. The bridge is privately owned and maintained by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The area was settled prior to the 1880s and the post office was established in 1884. Originally known as Perdue, the name was changed to Milo in 1923 when a community member suggested it be named Milo after her husband's birthplace in Maine.

The Milo Academy Bridge is one of only two covered bridges in the Oregon Covered Bridges Thematic Group which do not have a timber truss support.

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


Covered pony/through plate girder bridge over South Umpqua River on Milo Drive
Milo, Douglas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1962
The Milo Academy Bridge is a covered steel plate girder bridge with a steel stringer approach trestle. The bridge was covered after the local citizens voiced concerns over losing the previous covered bridge, the F. Fate Bridge.
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.93518, -123.03907   (decimal degrees)
42°56'07" N, 123°02'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/496811/4753617 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79002055 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45596 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (17,110)
Built 1962 (227)
Built during 1960s (2,172)
Covered (2,773)
Covered Bridges of Oregon (52)
Douglas County, Oregon (83)
Girder (11,347)
Have street view (29,907)
Milo, Oregon (2)
NR-listed (3,015)
Open (41,202)
Oregon (1,268)
Owned privately (1,966)
Plate girder (8,875)
South Umpqua River (15)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,620)
Steel stringer (6,808)
Through girder (4,271)
Umpqua River (24)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photo
  • July 7, 2010: Added by Michael Goff

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