Lane County Boasts More Covered Bridges Than Any Other West of the Mississippi. We Ranked Them.

From the last remaining covered railroad bridge to a spider sanctuary, there is a lot of variety among Cottage Grove's spans.

It's called Cottage Grove, but this small town in Lane County is famous for a different structure entirely: covered bridges. In fact, it has more of them than any other city in the Western United States. A covered bridge tour might not sound like a terribly exciting summer adventure—but it is quaint as hell. And with the world the way it is, we could all stand to get down with the quaintness more often. So we visited the Covered Bridge Capital of the United States and ranked all seven of them.

 1. Chambers Railroad Bridge (1925)

As the last covered railway bridge remaining in Oregon—and the last still standing west of the Mississippi—it's got the history. And it's got the size: 78 feet across and damn near as tall. Sure, it received a full-on makeover a few years ago, replacing the original with a near-exact replica, but still: It's a beaut, and legit impressive.

2. Currin Bridge (1925)

It's the platonic ideal of a covered bridge, with a barn-red exterior and a river slowly flowing below, visible through slats.

3. Mosby Creek Bridge (1920)

Most of the bridges in Cottage Grove are not equipped to be driven over, so this rural single-lane roadway bridge—the Mosby in question was a pioneer, not the guy from How I Met Your Mother—gets third place nearly on default. But it's also the oldest in the county, and fairly well preserved.

4. Centennial Bridge (1987)

As the name suggests, it was built to mark Cottage Grove's 100th anniversary, and is given pride of place in the city's downtown area. Also, on our visit, a young woman was holding a selfie photo shoot inside, so it's clearly hot with the influencer set.

5. Dorena Bridge (1949)

On the one hand, you can drive over it. On the other hand, it's literally a bridge to nowhere—it dead-ends in a parking lot.

6. Swinging Bridge (1965)

'Tis a fine bridge, but sure 'tis no covered bridge.

7. Stewart Bridge (1930)

It ain't much to look at, that's for sure, and was replaced by a concrete overpass in the mid-'80s. At this point, it's less a bridge than a spider sanctuary.

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