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Bridge Creek Covered Bridge 37-35-01x


Bridge Creek Covered Bridge over Bridge Creek in Wheeler County, Oregon, 1938

Oregon State Archives, Oregon Department of Transportation, #OHD0984


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BH Photo #215742

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Courtesy of the Oregon State Archives

This photograph is of the covered bridge over Bridge Creek near the Mitchell-Antelope junction in Wheeler County. The photo shows a side view of the bridge with open sides. Parts of the bridge trusses are visible. The bridge was built in 1917-1918 by Wheeler County and the State of Oregon. The main span was a 90-foot Howe truss. The necessity for housing a wooden truss in the dry climate of central Oregon was dubious. This bridge was constructed by United Contracting Company at a cost of $6,774.16. After a useful life of thirty-five years, the bridge was replaced in 1952 with a concrete skew span. A mile northwest of the bridge site is Sargent Butte seen rising behind the bridge, and to the left is Sand Mountain. Bridge Creek flows into the John Day River in western Wheeler County.


Lost Covered Howe through truss bridge over Bridge Creek on Old Mitchell-Antelope Road
Wheeler County, Oregon
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1917-18, Replaced 1952
- United Contracting Co. (Contractor)
Howe through truss
Span length: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.59981, -120.21731   (decimal degrees)
44°35'59" N, 120°13'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/720840/4942262 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 37-35-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 49767 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 5, 2011: Essay added by Michael Goff


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