Joe and Nancy

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Covered Bridges Western Oregon

While in Coburg, OR, we took a couple of day trips looking at some neat covered bridges in the western Oregon area, but within an hour or so drive from Eugene, OR.
Here is a site that lists the many bridges in the Willamette Valley region if you're ever in the neck of the woods and have a day or two to explore:  http://www.gorp.com/weekend-guide/travel-ta-scenic-drives-albany-oregon-sidwcmdev_052654.html
I saw these two items below and found them interesting enough to share with you.  They just about 200 feet from this bridge on a property that appeared to be well protected by a patriot.
A little history on our way to Lowell, OR and the covered bridge there...
Lowell Bridge is a covered bridge in Lowell, Oregon, United States. The original bridge was built in 1907. The current bridge was built in 1945. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
So, just why are bridges "covered"?   A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather.  A bridge covered, can last up to four times longer than one built with wood and not covered.
Found these storyboards interesting under the bridge covering.  
There isn't much I can add about this bridge with the storyboards I have photographed and included here in this blog.  But take a look at the below main timber beam.  Wow!
Well, we didn't visit all that many bridges, but hopefully our next visit to that area will afford us more time to do just that.  I realize there are a number of other States that have numerous covered bridges with touring maps, etc, but we just happened to be here, so, we took advantage of that and have shared them with you here.  
This blog was written and published contemporaneously from Cordele, GA on 1/18/2016.  Till the next blog, RVing Beach Bums signing off.