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Drift Creek Covered Bridge 37-21-14

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Drift Creek Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on August 9, 2009

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History 

By: Bill and Nick Cockrell , Roofs over Rivers

Originally built south of Lincoln City only 1.5 miles from the coast, the Drift Creek Bridge was considered the oldest remaining covered bridge in Oregon.

The span once served on the main north-south route along the Oregon coast. New roads and highways were built later, thus diverting most of the traffic from the now remote site.

Then the bridge was built in 1914, the community surrounding the bridge was known as Lutgens, and in 1917, the name was changed to Nice. In all, at least eight name changes occurred in this community prior to the closing of the post office in 1919.

After the bridge was bypassed with a concrete span in the mid 1960s, Lincoln County passed an ordinance preserving the wooden structure as an historical memorial to the Lincoln County pioneers.

However, in early 1988, Lincoln County officials had to close the bridge to pedestrian traffic du to the deteriorating condition of the span. Excessive rot and insect damage had weakened the bridge to a dangerous level. Steel beams were installed inside the bridge to keep it from falling into the water. The area around the bridge was excavated in an effort to isolate the structure and limit access.

The bridge was dismantled in late 1997. The county gave the timbers to the Sweitz family who owned land only 8 miles north of the original site. Laura and Kerry Sweitz had envisioned the house being rebuilt over their concrete bridge that provides access to the property over Bear Creek. In the pioneer spirit that this bridge represents and through hardship and strife, their monumental efforts resulted in the resurrection of the bridge which now stands in a small, beautiful park-like setting. The Sweitz family has given the public easement for heritage purposes for all time.

(Oregon Covered Bridge Guide from Roofs over Rivers, by Bill and Nick Cockrell)

Facts 

Overview
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Private Road
Location
Lincoln County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914 over Drift Creek, 1997 Removed, 2001 Rebuilt over Bear Creek
Builders
- Charles O. Hamar Jr. (Original Builder)
- Hull-Oaks Lumber Co. (Rehab. Timber Fabrication)
- Laura and Kerry Sweitz (Owner & Reconstruction Builders)
- Simpson Timber Co. (Rehab. Timber Supplier)
Design
Covered Howe through truss, spanning Bear Creek.
Dimensions
Span length: 66.0 ft.
Total length: 66.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.99308, -123.88644   (decimal degrees)
44°59'35" N, 123°53'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/430126/4982564 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Devils Lake
Inventory number
BH 43210 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2017: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • October 14, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 4, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • March 22, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • July 6, 2010: New photo from Michael Goff
  • August 12, 2009: Essay added by Michael Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989
  • Drift Creek Covered Bridge - Oregon Covered Bridge Guide
  • HAER OR-110 - Drift Creek Bridge, Spanning Drift Creek on Drift Creek County Road, Lincoln City vicinity, Lincoln, OR
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Drift Creek Covered Bridge
Posted April 14, 2010, by kerry ann sweitz (kerryannsweitz [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this is my front yard.

its a beautiful and peaceful place to go come and relax.

take a trip there great picture:)