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Lane County Covered Bridges

by Galand Haas

A covered bridge is, not surprisingly, a bridge with a cover over it. Covered bridges are typically constructed of wood; however, some of the relatively new covered bridges have been built out of metal or cement, and often have glass windows on their sides.

Initially designed for protection from bad weather, covered bridges have become popular for their vintage beauty and old-fashioned ambiance.  

Lane County, Oregon stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Cascade Mountain Range in the east, a distance of about 100 miles. Amid the vast county’s cities and towns, ranches and forestland you will discover twenty of these magnificent structures, which tops all other counties west of the Mississippi River.

While each bridge has its own unique charm, seventeen of the twenty can be found on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

Speaking of lists, all twenty of Lane County’s covered bridges are listed below, along with the date they were built. But first, in order to get started on our tour, here are some highlights of two bridges chosen at random:

Wildcat Bridge, Built 1925

Spanning 75 feet over the rushing, bubbling waters of Wildcat Creek, Wildcat Bridge has a sparkling coat of white paint and was constructed with a long, narrow opening on its west end so that drivers can easily spot oncoming traffic.

Wildcat Bridge is reached most easily from Eugene by taking Oregon State Highway 126 about 30 miles west of the city, toward the Pacific Ocean, and following the Whitaker Creek/Clay Creek Recreation Area turnoff to Siuslaw Road. Take Siuslaw Road to Austa Road (approximately 200 feet), travel under the overpass to the bridge.

Wildcat Creek meets up with the Siuslaw River near Wildcat Bridge, and there’s a boat landing on Austa Road that allows fishermen and other boaters easy access to the water.

Goodpasture Bridge, Built 1938

Goodpasture Bridge spans 237 feet over the mighty McKenzie River, which is almost three times the length of Wildcat Bridge.

Named after a family of settlers who put down routes near the present-day hamlet of Vida, Goodpasture Bridge is an architecture lover’s dream come true. It was built with ten Gothic-style louvered windows on both of its sides, as well as false end beams and semi-elliptical portals.

And if you’re in Eugene over the holidays, it’s worth it to take the roughly 30-mile drive to Goodpasture Bridge (off Highway 126 east of Vida) and check out the lights and decorations festooned about the structure.

As promised, here is the complete listing of Lane County’s covered bridges. For much more detailed information, as well as photos and a map, check out Lane County’s electronic Covered Bridge Brochure.

 

  • Belknap Bridge, 1966
  • Cannon Street Bridge, 1988
  • Centennial Bridge, 1987
  • Chambers Bridge, 1925
  • Coyote Creek Bridge, 1922
  • Currin Bridge, 1925
  • Deadwood Bridge, 1932
  • Dorena Bridge, 1949
  • Earnest Bridge, 1938
  • Goodpasture Bridge, 1938
  • Lake Creek Bridge, 1945
  • Lowell Bridge, 1928
  • Mosby Creek Bridge, 1920
  • Office Bridge, 1944
  • Parvin Bridge, 1921
  • Pengra Bridge, 1938
  • Stewart Bridge, 1930
  • Unity Bridge, 1936
  • Wendling Bridge, 1936
  • Wildcat Bridge, 1925

Lone Pine Farms: Halloween Fun

by Galand Haas

Lone Pine Farms logoLone Pine Farms, located on River Road between Eugene and Junction City, Oregon is a Lane County destination for family-friendly fun in the country.  This beautiful market-place for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers has been in operation since 1985, and continues to provide quality local produce and weekend entertainment for the whole family.

Lone Pine Farms boasts plenty of attractions, including a country cow train ride, a mining sluice and a goat walk just to name a few. The site is most famous for its annual corn maze, which features a whopping 10 acres of loops, dead ends and good clean fun. Every weekend night in October, the maze becomes "haunted", as ghouls, goblins and ghosts hide around every corner and bend. Navigating the maze has never been spookier or more challenging than it is as Halloween approaches.

Kids are sure to love the spooks and scares that come with the haunted maze, but they will also find plenty to enjoy with the Pumpkin Patch Express during the fall months. Visitors can reach the patch by a horse-drawn buggy or by a tractor-drawn one, but either way, the shapes and vibrant colors of the pumpkins are sure to excite the children. While parents browse some of the finest local-grown corn and berries around, kids can also check out the playground and the petting barn, where they will have the rare opportunity to get up-close with the goats.

There’s plenty to see and experience at Lone Pine Farms this fall, so don’t miss it! Be sure to visit the Lone Pine Farms website for more information.

Lone Pine Farms logo used with permission.

Oregon Ducks Football - The pride of Eugene, Oregon

by Galand Haas

Autzen Stadium - Eugene, OregonSince 1894, the University of Oregon’s football program has been wowing fans, while providing plenty of life-long memories for Oregon Ducks supporters. Today, the high-flying Ducks are one of the fastest and most talented teams in college football, as they continually put up winning seasons and make prestigious bowl appearances. Their biggest achievement came last season, as the Ducks won all of their regular season games (12-0) and made their first ever appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Although the game was lost in the final seconds to Auburn by a score of 22-19, the Ducks still were able to inspire a national audience by displaying their tenacity, resilience and heart.

This year the Ducks look to recreate the success of the past against a slew of tough foes in the Pacific-12 Conference. Oregon got off to a rough start, losing its season opener against LSU 40-27, but bounced back with a 69-20 win over Nevada. With 11 regular season games left, there is still plenty of time to make a run at another conference championship and bowl bid.

LaMichael James, one of the notable stars and leaders of this year’s squad, is coming off an incredible 2010 campaign. Last year, he rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and finishing third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Autzen Stadium, located in Eugene, Oregon, and its almost 60,000 Ducks fans were roaring on September 10th as Oregon hosted its first home game of the season. Autzen, one of the loudest and most exciting places to watch a college football game, may make it hard for fans to hear their friends next to them, but they will be able to hear plenty of unified GO DUCKS chants from the faithful in yellow and green.

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