Lower Oswego Creek Bridge

Lower Oswego Creek Bridge (HM26O1)

Location: Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Clackamas County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 24.629', W 122° 39.645'

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"Charcoal haulers would cross the covered bridge and follow the trail along the river...."
Mary Goodall, Oregon's Iron Dream, (1958, p. 76)


At least four bridges have been built at the mouth of Oswego Creek and adjacent to Oswego Landing over the past 150 years. The earliest crossings gave travelers access to Old River Road on the west side of the Willamette River between Oswego and Willamette Falls. In the 1860s a beam bridge invited foot, horse, and buggy traffic In 1885 a hefty Howe Truss bridge stood parallel to the older beam structure and served the town's booming population and iron industry.

By 1911 the truss bridge, pictured here, was covered with a roof and wails for protection from the elements and remained in use until the concrete Pacific Highway Bridge of 1920 was completed. Thereafter the covered bridge was used by those on foot until it rotted and collapsed in the 1930s. Following World War II a replacement was built and used until 1975 when it became unstable and was removed by the National Guard. The bridge you now see was erected by the City of Lake Oswego and beckons you to stroll along the banks of the Willamette.
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HM NumberHM26O1
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByOswego Heritage Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 526546 N 5028607
Decimal Degrees45.41048333, -122.66075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 24.629', W 122° 39.645'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 24' 37.74" N, 122° 39' 38.7" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)503
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old River Rd, Lake Oswego OR 97034, US
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