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  • The nearby Ritner Bridge is a county wayside park
    The nearby Ritner Bridge is a county...
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  • The old and the new at Ritner Creek
    The old and the new at Ritner Creek
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  • The Ritner Bridge preserved as a county wayside
    The Ritner Bridge preserved as a county...
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    by mtncorg Written Aug 31, 2010

    Again, not far away ...

    Featuring portal arches and narrow windows at the roofline, Harris Bridge was built across the Marys River west of Philomath around 1936, though some think it might have been earlier. On the south side of the bridge is a small winery that is open on weekends specializing in dessert wines. The location tends to be quiet since the road leading here is gravel. A very beautiful setting a couple miles off US 20.

    The Harris Covered Bridge across the Marys River Inside the house of the Harris Bridge The bucolic Marys River flowing by the Harris Br
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    by mtncorg Written Aug 31, 2010

    Closer to home ...

    This little bridge over Ritner Creek was the last covered bridge crossed by an Oregon State highway – OR 223. The span was built in 1927 for $6964 with a rounded portal design. The entries were squared off over time to allow larger loads to pass through – i.e. log trucks. In 1976, the bridge was replaced by the current non-descript concrete bridge while the covered bridge was moved several yards east to its new position where it serves as a focal point for a Polk County wayside park. Just east of the covered bridge you can find the old abandoned rail bed of the former Valley-Siletz railroad which used to lead up into the Coast Range to the former company-owned town of Valsetz. Follow the bed towards Ritner Creek and you can see the former bridge piers just above the creek’s confluence with the Luckiamute River.

    Mtncorg at the Ritner Bridge The Ritner Bridge preserved as a county wayside Down the creek with the old rail bridge piers The old and the new at Ritner Creek Seen again from beneath
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    by mtncorg Updated Aug 31, 2010

    Staying liberal ... this is Benton County afterall.

    Built in 1918, the Hayden Bridge is one of seven remaining covered bridges built in Oregon before 1920 – it goes without saying that it is the oldest in Benton County. The original portals have been enlarged for larger log truck loads – log trucks have a tendency to run into these bridges over the years. In common with other Coast Range bridges, there are ribbon windows at the eaves and the sides are flared so rain will fall off quicker. You will find the bridge just off OR 34 two miles west of the little community of Alsea. The bridge was rebuilt in 1945 and again received extensive rehabilitation in 2006 after one of those mishaps with a log truck. There used to be other covered bridges nearby, but Hayden is the last survivor in the area.

    Mtncorg - aka Toffee - at the Hayden Bridge Hayden Bridge is located in the lovely upper Alsea Falling down barn sitting next to the bridge Howe truss shown off inside the bridge
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