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Rochester Covered Bridge, Sutherlin

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Rochester Covered Bridge is a covered bridge in Douglas County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Built by Floyd Frear in 1933, it carries Rochester Road over Calapooya Creek about 3 miles (5 km) west of Sutherlin.
The bridge design, which Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon calls "unique among Oregon's housed structures", includes side windows with curved tops. The bridge has four windows on each side, portals with flat arched openings, and exposed false beams at the gable ends.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, after county workers burned down another covered bridge in the vicinity in the late 1950s, a group of armed local residents guarded the Rochester Bridge one night to protect it from the same fate. The next day, county commissioners told the residents that the bridge would not be burned. In 1969, the county remodeled the bridge by replacing portal boarding, approaches, and abutments.
Oregon's Covered Bridges includes a photograph of an earlier bridge here "at the end of its useful life". The photo caption says that the age of construction of the earlier bridge is not known but that some records show a covered bridge at this site as early as 1862.
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  • Very nice little stop to see a pretty bridge. My family enjoyed the stop for pictures. Nice images of water below as well 
    Very nice little stop to see a pretty bridge. My family enjoyed the stop for pictures. Nice images of water below as well  more »
  • As we drove up to the Rochester Covered Bridge not far outside Sutherlin I almost expect to see a horse and buggy drive out towards us! It remind me of a different era and it is surprising to see one....  more
    As we drove up to the Rochester Covered Bridge not far outside Sutherlin I almost expect to see a horse and buggy drive out towards us! It remind me of a different era and it is surprising to see one....  more »
  • This bridge is in beautiful shape and located in the town of Sutherlin Oregon, just a few miles off of the I-5 freeway. Take exit 136 and head west for about a mile. The signs will navigate you north....  more
    This bridge is in beautiful shape and located in the town of Sutherlin Oregon, just a few miles off of the I-5 freeway. Take exit 136 and head west for about a mile. The signs will navigate you north....  more »

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