Built in 1922, the Coyote Creek Covered Bridge used to be part of Territorial Road, a major secondary road system that crisscrossed the valley in the mid- to late-1800s. The bridge was bypassed when a more direct highway route was established and trucks became too heavy.
Now Coyote Creek Covered Bridge is tucked just off of Territorial Highway at such an angle that many people miss it as they are driving past.
I like this photo because it shows the flared sides of the bridge (I believe these are called “housed buttresses”). It a design feature we don’t see in the covered bridges around Cottage Grove.
If you are out-and-about on Territorial Highway — perhaps doing a little wine tasting — take a short deter and check it out. Coyote Creek Covered Bridge is located just off Territorial Highway, where Battle Creek and Coyote Creek Roads come together, about 12 miles north of the town of Lorane.