Covered Bridges in Oregon Are a Sight to See!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Cafe LLC

Covered Bridge near Grants Pass, Oregon

Covered Bridges in Oregon are a sight to see!  Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the West and one of the largest in the nation.

The covered bridge building tradition in Oregon dates back to the 1850's.  Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials at hand.  Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited for bridge construction.  To increase their useful life, houses were constructed over the timber trusses to protect them from the damp western Oregon climate.

The heyday of covered bridge building in Oregon occurred between 1905 and 1925 when there were an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state.  By 1977, this number had dwindled to 56.  The picture (above) is the Grave Creek Bridge in Sunny Valley (Southern Oregon), which is located approximately 14 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon.  


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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Wonderful photo.  I always remember the covered bridge that led to my grandparents farm and knew when I saw it we were almost there.

Oct 17, 2009 01:07 AM #12
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Don't see that around here. It is cool looking. Thanks for showing off your area!!

Oct 17, 2009 01:13 AM #13
Simon Smart
Sunstreet Mortgage, Arizona - Tucson, AZ

Great photo Melinda. As someone who lives in Arizona (not many rivers) and comes from Scotland, I am not sure the reason for these bridges being covered in the first place. Does anyone know?


Oct 17, 2009 04:23 AM #14
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Tennessee once had lots of covered bridges as did most other areas. The reason they were covered was the same as the ones in your area; to protect them from the weather.

Oct 17, 2009 04:26 AM #15
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Thanks for your comments everyone!  Great idea for a series :)

Oct 17, 2009 05:31 AM #16
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Melinda  They are beautiful and usually come with a "Yield to Oncoming Traffic" sign  Karen

Oct 17, 2009 06:04 AM #17
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Melinda - Congrats on the feature! Very concise and infomative post on covered bridges.

Oct 17, 2009 06:12 AM #18
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

How picturesque!  I have not driven under a covered bridge ever,  Something to look forward to.

Oct 17, 2009 08:09 AM #19
Shari Song
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Federal Way, WA

Thanks for the facinating history on covered bridges in Oregon. It's always good to learn something new.

Oct 17, 2009 08:13 AM #20
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I have to admit that I have never seen a covered bridge in person - cool stuff!

Oct 17, 2009 08:30 AM #21
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Melinda: Nice post... I love the covered bridges in Oregon and Washington. One of my favorite things to do as I travel throughout Oregon is to find them... I'll be in Grants Pass October 23rd doing a couple of internet marketing and social media workshops at Ticor Title... hope to see you.

Oct 17, 2009 08:53 AM #22
Kat DeLong
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Great picture! I love covered bridges... BTW, I lived in Medford from '01 to '05 and sold in Grants Pass here and there. Great town!

Oct 17, 2009 10:51 AM #23
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Oh my... didn't realize this was a featured post.  How did that happen?!  Must be a lucky covered bridge :) 

Oct 17, 2009 12:59 PM #24
Susan Laxson CRS
Parks Real Estate - Franklin, TN
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Your picture inspired a plan for a family vacation next year to visit the northwest - looking forward to seeing the covered bridges and beautiful scenery of your part of the country.  Thank you for the post!

Oct 18, 2009 02:03 AM #25
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Iowa has some lovely covered bridges also.  Lovely photo.

Oct 18, 2009 01:49 PM #26
Aida Pinto
United Associated Brokers - Downey, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 916-3237

I love bridges, where is these one?

Oct 18, 2009 04:44 PM #27
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

First of all, I love the fire in your title bar, it really caught my attention!  Covered bridges are awesome.  We have some in NH which are always a favorite stop.

Oct 19, 2009 11:59 AM #28
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Thanks Sharon.  Just trying to let everyone know that the market is HOT!  Also, keeping the home fires burning :)

Oct 19, 2009 03:09 PM #29
Robert Reid
Premier Real Estate - Vancouver, WA
OR & WA Real Estate

What a lovely posting, Historical Scenerary is always nice.

Oct 20, 2009 04:34 AM #30
Bill Ladewig - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Melinda, you are so fortunate to live and work in one of the prettiest parts of our country.  I did not know about your covered bridges.  I will make a point of checking them out the next time I visit my cousin in Shady Cove.  They live in a wonderful three story log cabin overlooking the Rogue River and at least a million miles of beautiful green forests.  Life is good in south Oregon

Oct 22, 2009 08:23 AM #31
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