Grave Creek Bridge
Josephine County, Oregon

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1:7 NLT

The photographs of Grave Creek Bridge were added to my files long before I ever thought of becoming a professional artist. In 2001, Kathy took an 'extension' class about the Applegate Trail. One of her assignments was to travel a portion of the route, stopping along the way at various interpretive centers and signs, to document her study. That documentation had to include photographs of her at the various sites; I got to go along as her official photographer.

Living in Crescent City, CA, at the time, we traveled the section of the trail from the Klamath Basin to Roseburg, OR. One of the stops was at the Interpretive Center in Sunny Valley just north of Grants Pass. Traveling up and down I-5 for 45 years while we lived in Crescent City, we often looked down from the freeway at the interpretive center and the little white covered bridge across the creek. We always said we should go visit it sometime, not knowing that someday she would be more or less required to. Because of its location, it is certainly the most viewed of Oregon's covered bridges. (It's more difficult to see if you are southbound.)

Soon after, and maybe because of that visit, we began to seek out other covered bridges and have become real bridge enthusiasts. As I finished this drawing in 2012, we had visited and photographed 49 of the 51 covered bridges recognized by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon.

You can read more about each of the 51 bridges by going to the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon website.
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