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Pass Creek Covered Bridge


Pass Creek Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Mike Goff in April 2012


BH Photo #230518


Although the official date of construction of the current Pass Creek Bridge is listed as 1925, members of the Umpqua Historic Preservation Society attest the span was constructed in 1906. Mamie Krewson Matoon, who was born in 1894, remembered a covered bridge over Pass Creek as a child. "It was an old bridge at the time. Long before Drain had lights, we packed a lantern on dark nights when going through it in a hack drawn by two horses."

The original bridge at this site was built in the 1870s along the Overland Stage Route, as Drain was an important junction which linked the Willamette Valley and Jacksonville. An 1895 era photograph shows the wagon bridge and adjacent railroad bridge, both being covered. The wooden rail span was replaced soon after.

Old timers recall the Pass Creek Bridge provided excitement when a horse-drawn wagon crashed through the floor around 1920 while hauling supplies for a Thanksgiving turkey shoot. Although the wagon dropped below the decking, the only casualties were the words uttered by the driver, the drowning of turkeys and splashing of supplies into the creek.

It is probable the covered wagon bridge at this location was either rebuilt or replaced in 1925, displacing the earlier span. Holes in the lower chords indicate that it may have been salvaged from another bridge.

Today a concrete bridge now crosses Pass Creek where the old wooden structure once rested. In the fall of 1987, after the roof and siding of the covered bridge were removed, a 90-ton crane lifted the trusses and moved them one block away where the structure was reassembled the following year. The wooden bridge had been closed to traffic since 1981, causing the handful of local residents surrounding the span to maneuver under a cramped railroad trestle to get to their homes.

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

Maxwell Photo Description 

Krewson Covered Bridge (also Pass Creek Bridge) spans Pass Creek in Drain. The bridge (World Guide #37-10-02) is a Howe truss and is 61 feet long. In 1987, the bridge was moved a few hundred feet downstream into the Civic Center park. At one time, the Krewson Bridge and the nearby railroad bridge were both covered. The construction date of 1925 is in dispute as locals claim the bridge may have been built as early as 1906.

(Oregon State Archives, Salem Public Library, 4831)


Howe through truss bridge over Pass Creek on Park Path
Drain, Douglas County, Oregon
Open to pedestrians
Built 1925, Relocated 1987
Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 61.0 ft.
Also called
Krewson Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.66063, -123.31659   (decimal degrees)
43°39'38" N, 123°18'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/474473/4834229 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46014 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 24, 2012: New photos from Mike Goff
  • August 31, 2010: Essay added by Michael Goff

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