Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hannah Covered Bridge

This was a very cool bridge that reminded me a lot of the second bridge on this trip, Stayton-Jordan Bridge, but this one was still in use and in much better shape.  

Just walking across the bridge with the open sides made for some really nice views of the creek and is a good possible candidate to go back and visit again for fall colors.

This was one of the first bridges that actually had potential for nice photos from each side without much to really distract from the views... other than the street signs that were at every bridge on the trip of course.

There was access to the creek below, but not really good enough to get some great photos.  You could also see that it was a place kids had come to with paint cans in hand as there was a bit of graffiti under the bridge which made any photos from down there pretty much a waste of time.

These last two shots might be my favorites from this stop.

From Interstate 5, exit 238 and travel east to Jefferson. Turn right on South Main Street and continue until the street becomes Jefferson-Scio Drive. Continue east into Scio and turn left onto Highway 226. Follow Highway 226 approximately six miles west to Camp Morrison Drive and turn right (south). 

Latitude: 44°42'43.3"N
Longitude: 122°43'07.3"W

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Shimanek Covered Bridge

I've been looking into the history on some of these bridges over the last week, and I have to say it's really interesting to read about how many of these covered bridges are not the first to be sitting in their current locations.  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to learn that so many of the original bridges had been destroyed by fire or flooding over the years.

This was the first non-white painted bridge on the trip, and I have to admit it was kind of nice to see the red paint as we came around the corner and got our first look at it.

The bridge is 130 feet long, and the current structure was completed in 1966, replacing a similar structure that was severely damaged by the Columbus Day Storm of 1962,  It is the fifth bridge at this location. The bridge that stood here before this one had been built in 1927, while the original is thought to have been built in 1861. The current bridge doesn't follow the usual open-sided structure as most of the Oregon bridges and instead has unique rounded portals in the sides.

This is the longest covered bridge in Linn County and the newest, after a county crew renovated the structure in 2002, repairing damage caused by a flood in 1996.

Another feature of this bridge that was a little different than most of the other bridges on this trip, is that this bridge used 4 rods at each truss instead of the three that were usually used in the other bridges.  You can see those here.

Photo Notes:  This bridge sits on a pretty busy road, but it's in a nice location that offers some possible opportunities for future shots with fall colors around the bridge.  There is also a small farm with old equipment just off the road that could also offer some cool shots with nicer skies.
I tried to get a nice shot with one of the old wagons in this shot to show the possibilities.

Truss Type: Howe
Bridge Length (ft): 130
Year Built: 1966

Location:  Latitude: 44°42'56.2"N Longitude: 122°48'15.5"W

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stayton-Jordan Bridge

The Stayton-Jordan Bridge was the second bridge on the trip, and was a quick sign that not all bridges this trip were going to be what I was picturing in my head before the trip.  The first surprise was that this bridge was not only no longer in service, but it had been moved to a park and was now a pedestrian only bridge.

The second surprise was that it had also been rebuilt due to the old bridge being lost to a fire back in 1994.  This would be a theme that would come up more than a few times over the long weekend... which added to my plan to take notes on all the different bridges we visited, and mark which were worth visiting again, and which ones might actually be a great location for Fall photos at some future date.

This bridge was actually in pretty good shape since it was rebuilt not that long ago, and the park setting might lead to having some nice fall colors around, but the fact that it is no longer in use, kind of took away something from it being a great location for a future photo shoot.

The original bridge was build in 1937 over Thomas Creek, in Linn County.  It was dismantled and moved to Stayton in 1985, before the Marine Corp stepped in and agreed to help move it to it's current location in the park.

This was the first full-sized covered bridge in Oregon to be dismantled, moved, and reassembled.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gallon House Bridge

Okay, so it took me a little longer to get back to this project than I had first planned, but I'm thinking there might only be one or two people even checking this site anymore anyway.... lol

The first bridge on the list for the weekend was the Gallon House Bridge in Marion County Oregon.   It is a wooden covered bridge spanning Abiqua Creek and was built in 1916.  According to a sign just to the left of the bridge, it is Oregon's oldest operational covered bridge in service today. The 84-foot long bridge got its name when it was used as a meeting place for bootleggers and moonshiners during prohibition.

Since the weather wasn't exactly great for photography, I had to work around the harsh light and cloudless sky to try to get some decent photos of all of the bridges on this trip. It took a little work to even out the harsh shadows in all of the photos you are going to see here, but hopefully they still managed to make the bridges look as good as possible for the conditions.  One option was to shoot this bridge in IR ...  but unfortunately I made a novice mistake on this trip, and not only forgot to charge the battery in my IR camera, I also didn't bring the charger with me..... so needless to say, this was the only IR shot I got the entire weekend.  I'm still kicking myself for that stupid mistake.  *sigh*

Gallon House Bridge is about 2 miles north-northwest of the city of Silverton, just west of Oregon Route 214 on Gallon House Road.