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Rochester Covered Bridge 37-10-04


Rochester Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on March 12, 2009


BH Photo #135504


The Rochester Covered Bridge, with its droopy-eyed appearance, sits just three miles northwest of Sutherlin among the farms surrounding the Calapooya River. The design of this bridge is unique among Oregon roofed structures, featuring windows having graceful curved tops. Built by veteran builder Floyd Frear, the bridge combines both beauty and strength offered by the wooden structure.

In the late 1950s, a nearby covered span was torched and destroyed by a county crew to make way for a new concrete bridge. Rumors had spread that the Rochester bridge would meet the same fate. Many local residents, fearful that those same county workers who favored progress would wait until nightfall to burn the Rochester Bridge, sat through the night with guns and rifles to safeguard the dilapidated structure. With the arrival of daylight, the bridge was safe. County commissioners then promised the residents the bridge would not be burned.

The Rochester Bridge was remodeled in 1969 when county crews worked to replace portal boarding, the approaches and the abutments.

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


Covered bridge over Calapooya Creek on CR 10A
Douglas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1933, Rehabilitated 1969
- Floyd C. Frear (County Engineer)
Covered Through Howe truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 222.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Also called
Calapooya Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.40172, -123.36286   (decimal degrees)
43°24'06" N, 123°21'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/470617/4805490 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
ORNBI 19C487 10 053 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29942 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • March 17, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff: Updated Dimensions