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Mosby Creek Covered Bridge 37-20-27


Mosby Creek Covered Bridge

Mosby Creek Covered Bridge. Near Cottage Grove, Oregon

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on October 3, 2004

BH Photo #111835


Covered Howe through truss bridge on Mosby Creek Road
Lane County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built in 1920. Restored in 1990.
- Miller Sorensen
- Walter Sorensen
The Mosby Creek Bridge is Lane County’s oldest covered bridge, having been built in 1920 at a cost of $4,125 by Walter and Miller Sorenson. Spliced chords and steel rod cross-braces on the upper chords of the bridge are modifications of the basic Howe truss design. The span was capped with a corrugated metal roof. During the summer of 2002, the roof was replaced with synthetic roofing material, and other repairs were made at the same time. The Mosby Creek Bridge was one of the bridges which could be seen from the Oregon, Pacific and Eastern steam excursion train, The Goose, prior to the sale of the locomotive to Yreka, California in 1987. Design elements include semi-circular portal arches, ribbon openings at the roofline, and board-and-batten siding. Mosby Creek was named for David Mosby, a pioneer of 1853 who staked claim to 1,600 acres east of the present city of Cottage Grove.
(Reference: Roofs Over Rivers, by Bill and Nick Cockrell)
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 134.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.77814, -123.00486   (decimal degrees)
43°46'41" N, 123°00'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/499608/4847231 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cottage Grove
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
ORNBI 39C241254200020 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 79002083 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36272 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 29.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info, builders & imported photos
  • March 29, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • February 17, 2008: Added by Larry Matthews