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Crawfordsville Covered Bridge #2

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 14 March 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

"In 1963, the bridge was bypassed and the state relinquished control to Linn County. The title has since passed to the Linn County Parks and Recreation Department. Little upkeep or repair occurred in the 1970s. In 1976, crews involved with the filming of the television movie, The Flood, painted the span, and local residents repainted some of the bridge’s interior in the early 1980s. Growing brush, trees and weeds began to hide the bridge, and in the summer of 1986, volunteers from the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon organized a cleanup day at the bridge site. In 1987, some $23,000 in materials and labor were dedicated to renovate the bridge as a project of the Community Services Consortium, a federally funded program that trained and assisted in the job search for unemployed workers. In the flood of 1996, the bridge sustained severe damage from drift which tore through the side skirting and hit a floor beam. Several of the one-inch diameter tie rods were broken or bent, leaving only two upstream tie rods and one downstream supporting the floor beam. The County received a grant from the Oregon Covered Bridge Program in the amount of $24,400 to replace four floor beams, supporting tie rods, replace one corbel and paint the bridge."

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Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

Refreshing, clean and cool - I sense those from looking at this picture. Perhaps it is because of the green backdrop and the white columns... btw, this bridge is older than M.E.! lol!!!

14 Mar 2011 5:14am

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! I am sure that ALL of these bridges are older than you..... ;-)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Love the beams and diagonal focus. Thanks also for the interesting info on the history. :-)

14 Mar 2011 6:14am

@DULCIE: Thank you very much Dulcie! ;-)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I see how people is proud of their bridge, god document. And this view of the interior shows the details of the structure. Good shot!

14 Mar 2011 6:53am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much Paco! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The greenery which we glimpse between the various levels of the bridge emphasizes it particularly

14 Mar 2011 6:56am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

The bridge has nice view!

14 Mar 2011 7:49am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you very much Elena! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Love the details of this bridge and the greenery in the background. Nice colours and light. Very interesting information. Excellent shot, Eric! Like it. :)

14 Mar 2011 8:34am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful details of this lovely bridge.. great series.

14 Mar 2011 8:37am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Very pleasant and uncommon view.

14 Mar 2011 9:17am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

Ces ponts valent leur investissement

14 Mar 2011 9:18am

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Veronique! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Mar 2011 9:45am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I like this one, looking out at the water and the greenery ... good PoV!

14 Mar 2011 11:18am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Joli cadrage et intéressante histoire! Belle journée Eric!

14 Mar 2011 12:08pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

VEry lovely angle and compo ;)

14 Mar 2011 12:17pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Lovely wooden construction well captured!!

14 Mar 2011 1:06pm

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Another good look inside. At the end of this series most of us should have the ability to construct one of these bridges ourselves - just from seeing the various aspects of their structural design, inside and out.

14 Mar 2011 1:30pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! ;-)

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Nice angle! I like the mood of the bridge. Nice caption by the way, thanks for the info. =)

14 Mar 2011 1:49pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

Your comments to the pictures are very interesting and contributes a lot to the overall understanding of this interesting series.

14 Mar 2011 2:16pm

@Göran: Thank you very much Goran! Glad to be of service..... ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

what a story! This poor bridge has been through hell, hasn't it? What dedication and concernthat the citizens and organizations show, though. Thank goodness that they are there at least. This is an amazing story and well done, Eric. Thank you!

14 Mar 2011 2:19pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A very nice angle,and beautiful light! Love the lines in this shot!

14 Mar 2011 3:00pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! ;-)

Apostolia Schiza from Los Angeles, United States

Nice perspective Eric!! Bridges fascinate me for some reason :). I think this one would also look great in b&w

14 Mar 2011 3:21pm

@Apostolia Schiza: Thank you very much Apostolia! I will give it a try..... ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great glimpse here of the leafy riverbank!

14 Mar 2011 3:36pm

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Franz from Baden, Austria

as mentioned before, i do like these intricate structures! the added benefit here - the open side wall that allows us to see more than just the beams!

14 Mar 2011 3:41pm

@Franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Very interesting bridge structure that reveals a wonderful vegetation. Excellent light and color! Best regards, Eric

14 Mar 2011 6:02pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A lovely shot..the history of it is worth the effort to preserve these fine bridges

14 Mar 2011 6:05pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

nice lines

14 Mar 2011 6:21pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting point of wiev! Love history!

14 Mar 2011 7:18pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I like your perspective here. I know covered bridges from visiting here.

14 Mar 2011 8:12pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Thank you very much Kristen! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I'm glad these covered bridges are being well cared for. Nice shot.

14 Mar 2011 8:45pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, some of them are; but there are others that have been left to the elements.... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this PoV a lot…

14 Mar 2011 8:46pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

That's a lovely picture, and good to hear that people are looking after the old bridge, well done.

15 Mar 2011 12:23am

@Michael: Thank you very much Michael! Yes, some of them are well cared for while others are left to the elements. ;-)

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Wonderful capture Eric, love the leading lines !

15 Mar 2011 2:44am

@Satvik: Thank you very much Satvik! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Nice shot here. It's interesting how they painted it.

15 Mar 2011 4:20am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes, the interior paint job is truly unique in these bridges. I can only surmize that it is as a result of the open-sided design...... ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Lots of attention has been given to this bridge and it shows that people finally understood how important it is to care for a piece of history. Your choice of angle makes the frame look like a piece of a covered terrace...

17 Mar 2011 1:18pm

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, the unfortunate part is the many others who have not had the same care and attention. They are only truly missed once they have gone..... ;-)

1/60 second
ISO 100
42 mm (35mm equiv.)