Cultural Oregon: Covered Bridges

Our Oregon heritage offers cultural travelers an opportunity to step back in time, and covered bridges illustrate some of the most iconic cultural elements of our state. Covered to increase their lifespan, the bridges today conjure up a sense of true Oregon culture, nostalgia and romance. I decided to celebrate the cusp of spring by…

: Ron Cooper


Stayton was born as a mill town on the banks of the Santiam River in the Willamette Valley.

The past is preserved with the Stayton-Jordan Covered Bridge in historic Pioneer Park. Here at the gateway to Santiam Canyon, hikers tramp through 55 acres of natural beauty at Wilderness Park. Grab a cup of joe or a bite to eat downtown and head out on the scenic Covered Bridge Tour.

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Where can I photograph the most covered bridges in 3 days?

You can definitely photograph dozens of Oregon’s covered bridges in a three-day journey. How many you can hit just depends on how much driving you want to do and how early you want to get up and get started! Assuming you start on the north end of the Willamette Valley and head south, I suggest…

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