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Wendling Covered Bridge 37-20-36


Wendling Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on July 19, 2009


BH Photo #143079

Street View 


In the 1890s, George Wendling, director of Booth-Kelly Lumber Company, established a post office in the small town which bears his name.

The Wendling Bridge, built just prior to World War II, appears to be hidden on the winding road northeast of Marcola. Like the nearby Earnest Bridge, the Wendling Bridge showed faded, peeling circus posters pasted on its walls between truss members until time, moisture and visitors removed them.

Lane County spent only $2,241 to build the bridge in 1938. Like many other short span bridges in the county, it used single piece chords for the Howe truss.

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


Covered Howe through truss bridge over Mill Creek on Wendling Road
Lane County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1936
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.19111, -122.79861   (decimal degrees)
44°11'28" N, 122°47'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/516094/4893119 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 37-20-36 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 79002095 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
ORNBI 39C174197500357 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 30054 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1936 (1,215)
Built during 1930s (12,264)
Covered (2,874)
Covered Bridges of Oregon (52)
Functionally obsolete (5,676)
Have street view (30,045)
Howe through truss (597)
Howe truss (741)
Lane County, Oregon (118)
NR-listed (3,025)
Open (41,256)
Oregon (1,276)
Owned by county (21,822)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,577)
Through truss (18,237)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,960)
Truss (37,278)
Wooden deck (6,229)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 9, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP date, street view & imported photos
  • July 20, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff