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Wildcat Covered Bridge 37-20-04


Wildcat Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Mike Goff in April 2012


BH Photo #230447



The Wildcat Bridge is located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126. From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome. Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s. The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access to the river for fishermen on the Siuslaw River. The bridge was closed for repairs several times in the 1980s, and in the autumn of 2000, when the structure was strengthened.

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


Covered Howe through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on Austa Road
Lane County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1990
- A.C. Striker (County Bridge Superintendent)
This is a Howe "Single" Truss, as it does not have the wooden diagonal counters that you would find on a traditional Howe Truss. The bridge features five timber stringer approach spans, three spans to the south and two to the north. The approach spans make of 86-feet of the total 161-foot crossing. The west side of the bridge has a large window to allow those crossing views of the Wildcat Creek - Siuslaw River confluence.
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Austa Road Bridge
Austa Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.00278, -123.65472   (decimal degrees)
44°00'10" N, 123°39'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/447510/4872389 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
ORNBI 39C446438700008 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 30013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


A.C. Striker (4)
Beam (15,275)
Built 1925 (1,261)
Built during 1920s (9,770)
Covered (1,586)
Covered Bridges of Oregon (52)
Howe through truss (432)
Howe truss (535)
Lane County, Oregon (104)
NR-listed (2,918)
Open (39,437)
Oregon (1,151)
Owned by county (20,494)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,373)
Through truss (14,774)
Timber stringer (3,943)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,852)
Truss (32,321)
Wooden deck (6,043)

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 24, 2012: New photos from Mike Goff



Wildcat Covered Bridge 37-20-04
Posted November 10, 2019, by Rick (rick [at] hamell [dot] net)

Was originally known as the Austa Bridge on early maps.