Cavitt Creek Bridge – Douglas County

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Tuesday – Week nine!  Well, I’ll be honest, this one probably should be in the out and about section for our site, but I’ve been a little slack and not visited as many places as I’d like lately – not to mention telling you about all of my adventures, I hate it when life intrudes into what I want to do.  In this case it’s studying for a professional certification, but I don’t want to bore any of you with more details about that – on with the bridge!!  Cavitt Creek Bridge is from the outside fairly typical of the bridges I’ve seen – although it’s newer than most of the others by being built in the forties.  It’s still used today as a means to cross the creek and while I was there I must have dodged at least five or six cars.  Folks were very friendly though and laughed at Nic and B while we were gawping at the bridge.

It’s a little tough to get a close view of it as it’s still used all the time, but there’s a small parking area just off the road after driving through the bridge on the left side of the road.  As we arrived there were at least eight or ten what looked like college age folks checking out the bridge – it was good to see it wasn’t forgotten!  They all piled into a large SUV and took off before I had a chance to turn the bronco around.  I parked and got my first close view of the bridge – it was in very nice condition and looked similar to many of the other covered bridges I’ve seen, however there were several surprises waiting for me inside.  Before I went inside I did notice that it was originally constructed in nineteen forty three which makes it one of the youngest bridges we’ve seen – not to mention that it’s used daily!

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On the way in I noticed how lovely the creek is that the bridge crosses.  It wasn’t super hot on the day I was visiting, but I could easily see myself wanting to take a swim if the weather turned any warmer.  There was a nice area where a camp chair could be set and the river itself was flowing merrily.

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Once I got inside I noticed the one thing that would differentiate the Cavitt Creek Bridge from most of the others I’d seen previously – there were three windows along the sides, but they weren’t just windows with slats on them – like the Dorena Covered Bridge instead they were very deep and had angled openings – presumably to let rain and water out.  I think it may have been my favorite design so far – it allows light in and makes for a beautiful bridge and also prevents much of the moisture that would otherwise get in – it’s Oregon after all.

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There’s also the normal near the roof light that gets in which is typical for bridges of this type, however I really liked the intricacy of the roof construction – it’s always a marvel to see how much work went into the construction of the bridge and  how much engineering and thought went into them – no wonder they’ve lasted so long!

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I know for sure that the bridge has had extensive as recently as two thousand twelve – I looked on mapping website to see the street view and it had completely different portals on either end.  However It’s obvious from some of the timbers that are inside that the folks who maintain the bridge (Douglas County) used some of the original timbers to perform the improvements on the bridge.

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There was also a nice gap along the side of the  sides inside the bridge – the water was super clear and calling to me – it was tough not to wander down and enjoy the cool water!!

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I really enjoyed visiting the Cavitt Creek covered bridge – it’s a little ways away from the Willamette Valley, near to Roseburg really, but I visited it while heading to Wildlife Safari, so I definitely recommend you do both if you have the time.  The bridge is a great example of how Oregon counties and local municipalities are preserving their bridges and allowing folks to appreciate the past.  Even though this one is used daily and is busy it’s still in great shape and has some unique features as well!  It’s a four and a half Heywillamette worthy bridge and one I definitely think you should visit if you get the chance.

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