Hannah Bridge – Linn County

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Tuesday – Week Fourteen!  Hannah bridge was one of the bridges I visited while exploring during a very busy weekend not so long ago – it was built in nineteen thirty-six and has several unique features I really enjoyed.  Plus a bizarre experience while I was there!

How do I find Hannah Bridge?

Hannah Bridge is located off highway two twenty-six near Scio.  It is another one of Oregon’s covered bridges that can be driven through.

Arriving at Hannah Bridge

Hannah Bridge date sign - 1936
Hannah bridge was built in in nineteen thirty-six and like several other bridges has a rounded entrance

Hannah Bridge has a beautiful rounded entrance and very complex internal roof structure.  It’s white painted like most of the other bridges I’ve visited, unlike Shimanek Bridge which was a red color.

Just past the entrance the windows (normally somewhat small) are huge and let vast amounts of light onto the bridge – I’m not sure how they do with rain protection, most of the other bridges I’ve seen have means to limit rain and water damage to the covered bridges, but Hannah Bridge seems like it’s celebrating it’s uniqueness – huge windows – which really aren’t windows, but rather a lack of walls at all.

Rounded bridge entrance
The beautiful arched entrance and huge openings on the sides of the bridge can be seen
Wide view of Hannah Bridge's supports and openings
Hannah bridge is more like a covering with just supports holding the roof up – the view of the river is fantastic

Hanna Bridge’s roof is similar to most of the other bridges we’ve seen – the complexity boggles the mind, and the supports here are also incredibly tough.

Supports and roof can be seen
Hanna Bridge has a complex roof and super durable supports

The river from the Bridge

One of my favorite features of the Hannah Bridge is the amazing views – which are all the better for the lack of most of the walls normally on these covered bridges.  The creek is lovely and in parts swiftly flowing and in others relatively calm.

Slow wide river
The river on the west side is very calm and wide – it’s a fantastic view
Sunny day looking at narrow river section
The sun was beautifully shining down on he narrow section where the river was flowing a bit quicker
Narrow river - faster flowing water
The river is a little quicker on the opposite side but is still beautiful
Path to the river's edge
There is a path that can be used to get to the river.  It looked like an easy quick hike to the edge of the water

Very Strange!

While I was looking at the bridge and taking pictures I couldn’t help but notice some odd activity on the other side of the bridge from where I parked the bronco.  It looked like several older dudes in a group talking and gesticulating.  I thought it might be a group of police talking about a raid (yeah, I have an over-active imagination) or something like that.

View from further away
It looked like those people were talking about a raid or something!

However, once I got a little closer I noticed one interesting thing: several, at least four of the vehicles were newer Mazda Miata sports cars.  Ok, so not a raid, maybe a group get-together?

Closer, the Mazdas can be seen
All of the vehicles were newer nearly perfect Mazda Miatas

Then I noticed another vehicle across the road along with a video camera and illumination.  At the same time all of the Miata’s left the parking area and zoomed away from the bridge.

Cameras filming Mazdas
Maybe they were filming a commercial or something?  Car club meeting?  Who knows!

Summary and Rating

I had a great time at Hannah Bridge, it’s one of several that can be seen if you plan carefully around Scio and Silverton.  It has some unique features that I really enjoyed – the river is very calm and relaxing and if you’re lucky you might have an interesting experience there like I did.  All in all Hannah Bridge deserves it’s four and a half Heywillamettes and I definitely recommend you take a look at this fascinating part of Oregon History.



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