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Lost Creek Covered Bridge, Eagle Point

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Bridge · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Lost Creek Bridge is a covered bridge near the unincorporated community of Lake Creek, in Jackson County in the U.S. state of Oregon. The site is about 15mi east-northeast of Medford. At 39ft long, the structure is the shortest covered bridge in Oregon. It carries Lost Creek Road over Lost Creek, a tributary of Little Butte Creek.
The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In that same year, it was closed to vehicle traffic. A newer concrete bridge runs parallel to the wooden bridge and serves as a bypass.
Anecdotal accounts and limited evidence suggest that the bridge might have been built as early as 1878. If confirmed, this would make it the oldest standing covered bridge in the state. The Oregon Department of Transportation says that the official construction date of 1919 may actually refer to a renovation of an older bridge.
The truss of the bridge is a queen post-style modified by cross members. Other features include open ends rather than the usual portal arches, ribbon openings at the eaves, and buttresses that are cantilevered. The bridge has a shingle roof and a floor of diagonal planking. Local residents installed a new roof in 1985.
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  • We accidentally found this out of the way gem while exploring Highway 140. It's the oldest (1881) and shortest (39') in Oregon and adjacent to a privately maintained memorial park, which we didn't...  more »
  • I’m a local that visits this sweet park and historic bridge fairly regularly. It is about 5 miles off the highway but paved all but the last mile or so and then gravel. Worth the detour off the...  more »
  • This bridge makes for a nice local destination for a Sunday drive or bike ride (which I did). The road to it has low traffic, and the bridge is in good, but rustic, condition. The last half-mile or so is gravel road, but is in good condition. There is also a small park next to it that I failed to investigate, but it has a band stand and may be worth looking into if you want to have an outdoor wedding.
  • It's a beautiful place if your close you need to stop and check it out there is a spot for a picnic or bbq

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