Our World Tuesday - Another Covered Bridge
On Our World Tuesday I'm sharing another Oregon covered bridge. In case you missed it, the first is here...
I love visiting covered bridges! I never knew they existed outside the eastern states until well into my adulthood. Oregon happens to have the most covered bridges of any western state, the exact number is unknown (due to condition or what constitutes "covered"), but at least 54.
Grave Creek Bridge
Built in 1920, Grave Creek Bridge was originally part of U.S. Route 99, the Pacific Highway. It is 105' long, with six Gothic style windows on each side. Built in 1920, it cost a total, including engineering costs, of $21,128. That's over $287,000 in today's dollars.
Grave Creek Bridge holds the title of "Oregon's most viewed covered bridge," only for the reason it can be seen while driving Interstate 5! But, once you see it, you've past the exit to visit it, so I hardly think that counts. Seeing its roof 1/4 mile away as you race your way north is not what I call "viewing."
The location is also a Josephine County historical site. The Grave Creek Ranch (1851-1918) became an overland stage stop in 1860. After a hotel there burnt down in 1875, a farmhouse was enlarged for use by the stage company. President and Mrs. Rutherford Hayes stayed in September of 1880.