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Rugged individuals armed with hand tools, sweat, and ambition began building covered bridges in Oregon during the mid-1850s. These bridge builders often camped out at remote sites, living off the land or contracting with local farmers for food. Early owners of covered bridges financed construction by charging tolls--3¢ for a sheep, 5¢ for a horse and rider, and 10¢ for a team of horses and wagon. In the early 20th century, the state provided standard bridge and truss designs to each county, and most of the resulting structures incorporated the Howe truss. With the abundance of Douglas fir and the shortage of steel during the world wars, the construction of wooden covered bridges continued well into the 1950s, mainly in the Willamette Valley. During the 1920s, Oregon boasted more than 350 covered bridges.
Title: Oregon's covered bridges
Author - Staff Writer
Publisher: Book New, Inc.
Date: February 2010
About half of Oregon's 600 covered bridges remain. The co- founder of the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon presents a historic photographic tour of these wooden structures -- financed by tolls -- constructed from the mid-1850s to the 1950s in 14 counties from Benton to Yamhill. The cover photo of a girl selling cookies and worms during fishing season aptly illustrates the nostalgic appeal of these icons of the past.
(Annotation ©2009 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
About the Author
Photographer and historian Bill Cockrell has researched more than 600 historic covered bridge sites in the state. Cockrell cofounded the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon in 1978. He is the president of the society and has been the editor of the quarterly magazine the Bridge Tender for 25 years. Cockrell and his brother have written two Oregon covered bridge books. His photographic work is included in various magazines and newspapers, and on postcards.