Some covered bridges gain a second life in new locations. The Stayton-Jordan Bridge is one such case. Built originally across Thomas Creek not far north of the little community of Jordan in 1937, the bridge lived there until 1987. At that time, Linn County decided to replace the structure and the people of nearby Stayton asked if the bridge could be dismantled and moved to their town which the County was happy to do. Over the next two years, the span was rebuilt over the Salem Power Canal in Pioneer Park just east of the main part of town. Christmas lights, in 1994, caused a fire in the roof and the bridge was damaged beyond repair. Torn down, funds were raised to build a new replica of the original. That is the bridge you see today which was dedicated in September 1998.
Crossing Crabtree Creek at its confluence with Roaring River – the only river that flows into a creek, by the way – is the Larwood Bridge. There used to be a little town here, but that is replaced by the present Linn County park. At one time, covered bridges crossed both Roaring River and Crabtree Creek here, but only this bridge – dating to 1939 – remains.
Built across Crabtree Creek in 1936 with mostly hand tools, the bridge is white and features two Gothic windows on each side. The original round portal entries have been enlarged and squared off to allow larger loads to pass through. There is a very nice swimming hole on the west side of the bridge and decent parking on the road sides to the south side of the bridge.
The quiet peace which pervades the ligtly illuminated interior of this charming mid-twentieth century classic eatery is broken only by the murmuring voices of the ubiquitous old men who arrive every morning for breakfast. Attended by the local loggers, farmers, and salespersons it can become quite busy with as many as 7 or 8 customers all at the same time. Nonetheless, the 10 minutes one might have to wait for his or her hamburger is quickly forgotten when the savory aroma is only the genesis of a sumptuous repast beyond compare. The dinner comes with your choice of fries, potato salad, or chips.
Favorite Dish: Blackberry pie, blackberry cobbler, and for breakfast, blackberry pancakes with blackberry jam and hot blackberry syrup. There is also during the summer, blackberry milkshakes, or blackberry homemade ice-cream.