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Cedar Creek Covered Bridge 47-06-02


Cedar Creek Covered Bridge

May 26, 2008

Photo taken by Michael Goff in May 2008


BH Photo #116679


The Cedar Creek Bridge at the site of the Grist Mill is a housed timber Howe truss bridge built in 1994 replacing a 1934 vintage exposed timber pony truss. The bridge was constructed with the housed truss span to complement the historic setting of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill site, which was served by a covered bridge prior to the 1934 exposed timber truss bridge.

The Grist Mill was built in 1876 by George Woodham and his two sons and is the only remaining grain grinding mill in Washington that has maintained its original structural integrity, grinds with stones and is water powered.

(Some data from: http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/about_grist_mill.ht


Covered Howe through truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Grist Mill Road
Clark County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built in 1994
- RLD Co. Inc.
Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.93833, -122.58361   (decimal degrees)
45°56'18" N, 122°35'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/532277/5087279 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36817 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1994 (70)
Built during 1990s (780)
Clark County, Washington (39)
Covered (1,918)
Howe through truss (512)
Howe truss (640)
Modern (2,672)
Open (40,968)
Owned by county (21,605)
RLD Co. Inc. (1)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,651)
Through truss (16,737)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,782)
Truss (35,407)
Washington (1,380)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • September 2, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff: added information and GPS Coordinates
  • July 7, 2008: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Cedar Creek Grist Mill - Information about the Grist Mill and the Covered Bridge
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net


Cedar Creek Covered Bridge 47-06-02
Posted January 12, 2022, by Bryan Carter (Dontshowmyemailonhere [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The replacement bridge in 1994 was fabricated at RLD Co. Inc. Located at the time in Vancouver Washington near the Pearson Airport. My dad and I,along with some other workers there, cut and drilled all the timbers for the trusses. We made the railings and cut all the ballisters, as well as the deck boards and various other components. We assembled both trusses, on their sides, for a test fit. Then dissambled, packaged up, and sent them out for pressure treating.

I'm not positive but I think the treating was done at Permapost in Hillsboro Oregon and it was treated with pentachlorophenol.

I don't know who did the final onsite assembly.

Cedar Creek Covered Bridge
Posted December 21, 2010, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)


Thank you for noticing my error in historical accuracy. I grew up near this area, even drove over the old truss many of times and still managed to misrepresent the past. I have corrected the information, and written up a small description of the bridge. I will probably revisit this bridge when I start working on gathering more information about the bridges of Washington State. I have been focusing on the bridges of Oregon for the past few years and have not done my due diligence in my native state.

Thanks again,


Cedar Creek Covered Bridge
Posted December 20, 2010, by Jeffrey Berry (chaunas_knight [at] myway [dot] com)

The site says the original covered bridge was replaced with the one in the photo in 1994. Actually, the original covered bridge was replaced with a truss bridge in 1934, and that bridge was replaced in 1994 with the current covered bridge. I have attached a couple photos, showing the original covered bridge, as well as the truss bridge on the day of completion.