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Stewart Covered Bridge 37-20-28


Stewart Covered Bridge

Stewart Covered Bridge. Near Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on October 3, 2004

BH Photo #111836


As with other wooden bridges in Oregon, the Stewart Bridge has had its share of woes. Heavy rains of the 1964 "Christmas Flood" brought water raging down Mosby Creek with the resulting force cracking the lower chords of the bridge. Just over four years later, a heavy snowstorm dropped more than three feet of snow on most of the Willamette Valley. The roof bracing gave way under the weight of the snow, and the entire roof caved in. Repairs to the bridge once again made it usable, and it carried a 20-ton limit until it was bypassed in the mid-1980s by a concrete span. The Stewart Bridge was officially "mothballed" in 1987, with one of the approaches removed, fumigation of timbers, and installation of a wire fence inside a portal for safety of pedestrians.

In the 1993-95 biennium, the Lane County received a grant of around $48,000 from the Oregon Covered Bridge Program to restore the bridge.

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


Covered Howe through truss bridge on Garoutte Road
Lane County, Oregon
Open to pedestrians only
Built in 1930 and remained in use until 1982. Due to flood water debris it was then closed. Restored in 1996.
Covered Howe through truss
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.76600, -122.99417   (decimal degrees)
43°45'58" N, 122°59'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/500468/4845884 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dorena Lake
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79002102 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36273 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1930 (1,872)
Built during 1930s (12,323)
Bypassed (190)
Covered (3,340)
Covered Bridges of Oregon (52)
Howe through truss (660)
Howe truss (807)
Lane County, Oregon (136)
NR-listed (3,027)
Open to pedestrians (4,692)
Oregon (1,332)
Owned by county (21,997)
Through truss (19,026)
Truss (38,306)

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2020: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • March 30, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • February 17, 2008: Added by Larry Matthews



Stewart Covered Bridge 37-20-28
Posted November 7, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this little span and found the ramp removed and the bridge inaccessible.