Chitwood Covered bridge
Covered bridges have always been fascinating to me. Almost fifty years ago I lived in West Virginia where my children and then husband would take rides in the country looking for covered bridges. We found so many back then -- wonder how many still remain?
Last weekend I discovered the above beautiful Chitwood covered bridge in Lincoln county,Oregon. Built over the Yaquina river it portrays an important part of the area's history. It is still being used for vehicle traffic.
The original Chitwood bridge was built in 1893 and was rebuilt with historic accuracy in 1926. Its name derives from that of an early settler that ran a general store near the bridge.
Vehicle weight restriction sign
I later found out that there are fifty-six remaining covered bridges in Oregon, fifty of them still used by vehicles.
Interior of the bridge
Over time I hope to discover the locations of other covered bridges in Oregon.
Note: to view old photos of the bridge and to read about its past history click here