Harris Bridge Vineyard

Tucked into a tiny valley, between the historic Harris Covered Bridge and a railroad track, just outside the town of Philomath is Harris Bridge Vineyard which specializes in dessert wines, sweet vermouth, and aperitifs. We've tasted at a lot of wineries throughout Oregon, especially in the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. So when I first read about Harris Bridge Vineyard in the Eugene Register Guard, I knew that the owners were doing something unique. And, I knew we would soon be making a … [Read more...]

Coyote Creek Covered Bridge

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 … [Read more...]

Centennial Covered Bridge

"Grovers" are well acquainted with the Centennial Covered Bridge, a pedestrian bridge located on the western edge of our historic downtown. The bridge is a reminder of the many covered bridges which once dotted our landscape as well as a testament to Cottage Grove's efforts to embrace its history and historical structures. Given the popularity of the historical photos I have been sharing on Facebook every Thursday, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick history of this bridge, … [Read more...]

Mosby Creek Covered Bridge — Revitalized

If you've been out Mosby Creek Road these past several months or if you've recently done Cottage Grove's covered bridge tour then you know that the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge has spent the past six months covered in plastic and closed to traffic. The bridge is Lane County's oldest covered bridge -- built in 1920 -- and was in much need of some TLC. The plastic is finally gone and the bridge looks fantastic! OBEC Consulting Engineers was in charge of the re-do and has posted regular photos … [Read more...]

Currin’s Bridge

With the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival happening in Cottage Grove this weekend, I thought it would be fun to explore the history of one of our local bridges, though admittedly, I don't know if it was ever covered. At the turn of the previous century, the Bohemia Mining District was booming and a railroad was needed to take supplies up to the mines as well as bring gold and silver out. In 1902 construction began on the Oregon & Southeastern rail line running from Cottage Grove up the … [Read more...]