Lost Creek Covered Bridge, from original pen & ink by Wayne Bricco, Acrewood Art

Lost Creek Bridge
Jackson County, Oregon

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
Luke 19:10 NLT

The Lost Creek Bridge is believed by some to be Oregon's oldest covered bridge. For sure, it is the shortest of the 51 bridges recognized by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon; it measures just 39 feet long. The bridge is located near the tiny community of Lake Creek a few miles south of Highway 140 in southern Oregon. If you visit be sure to take a picnic to enjoy at the adjacent Walch Memorial Wayside.

Lost Creek Bridge was nearly destroyed in the Christmas Flood of 1964, a perilous time for many bridges in the Pacific Northwest. Many believe this one was saved by prayer; other bridges were not as fortunate.

We have identified with bridges that were threatened by that storm. We were attending Oregon State University at the time, and were joining Kathy's family on Christmas Day at her grandparents' home in Portland. As we got into Portland they began announcing on the radio that they were preparing to close some of the big bridges in downtown Portland due to debris backing up behind them. We wished everyone a Merry Christmas, shared the news, and broke up the party; all headed for various homes in Portland and Rainier.

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