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Shimanek Bridge, Scio

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The Shimanek Bridge is a covered bridge near Scio in Linn County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Thomas Creek – Shimanek Covered Bridge in 1987.
The bridge, 130 feet (40 m) long, was completed in 1966. Replacing a similar structure severely damaged by the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, it is the fifth bridge at this location. The fourth bridge had been built in 1927, and the first is thought to have dated to 1861.
Carrying Richardson Gap Road, the bridge crosses Thomas Creek about 2 miles (3 km) east of Scio. It is the longest covered bridge in Linn County and the newest. A county crew renovated the structure in 2002, repairing damage caused by a flood in 1996.
In November 2015, the bridge was closed for repairs after an inspection revealed "serious decay". Temporary repairs were expected to take weeks. More substantial repairs may not occur for up to two years, depending on funding.
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  • I was raised on the Shimanek Farm! Swam below, fished under and walked to School on the Shimanek Bridge 1939 to 1951 then visited the farm and bridge every year until 2004 when I became...  more »
  • Oregon has alot of covered bridges - think the full tour is 47 miles. had fun passing through this one, and there's a river that runs right below it - so pretty!  more »
  • It's fun to stop by the local bridges and learn more history about each one!
  • Out on a country drive it was a Wonderful Surprise to find a Red Colored Covered Bridge.. With its already Rustic look the peeling paint was just an added beautiful touch

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