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North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge 37-21-08


North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in July 2011


BH Photo #207551


The rustic covered bridge spanning the North Fork of the Yachats cost the county only $1,500 when built in 1938, and was the last covered span constructed by veteran bridge builder Otis Hamer.

Located just seven miles from the salt water of the Pacific Ocean, this trim little bridge is one of the few to escape the "graffiti artists" so common in many other covered bridges.

Since the covered span is the only access for families in the area, the bridge roof was removed to allow a mobile home to cross in the early 1980s. In 1987, a loaded fuel truck crashed through a weakened approach on the bridge and the accident ruptured a fuel tank. Luckily, no fuel reached the river, and county crews soon repaired damage to the bridge. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1989 when work crews replaced the trusses and approaches. A new roof and sidingwere also added.

A dedication in December 1989 officially re-opened the bridge to traffic. The engineer who designed the remodeling stated the bridge, with proper maintenance, should last another 50 years.

The nearby community was established in 1880 as Ocean View, and was changed to Yachats in 1916 in salutation to a local Indian tribe. The name "Yachats," according to the Indians, means "at the foot of the mountain," an appropriate nomenclature for both the bridge and the community.

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


Covered Queenpost truss bridge over North Fork Yachats River on N. Yachats River Road
Lincoln County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1938
- Charles O. Hamar Jr. (Builder)
Covered Queenpost through truss
Span length: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.30997, -123.96969   (decimal degrees)
44°18'36" N, 123°58'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/422661/4906758 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cannibal Mountain
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
OR 12037 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 79002108 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 30064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • August 4, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff



North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge 37-21-08
Posted May 2, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Bridge declared public and restoration will move forward:


North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge 37-21-08
Posted March 23, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge
Posted October 4, 2012, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Mr. Kramer,

I corrected the spelling of Mr. Hamar's name and also added his name to the bridges he was credited with building in the article you referenced.

According to the article the spelling error is a very common mistake, since the author goes out of the way to mention it.

Thanks for the additional information,


North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge
Posted October 3, 2012, by George Kramer (george [at] preserveoregon [dot] com)

The builder's name is correctly spelled HAMAR and his full name was Charles Otis Hamar, Jr. (1884-1962) according to the family. See http://www.ritnercreekcoveredbridge.com/history-of-ritner-cr...