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One Dry Spot : Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge

  1. 1. One Dry S Cedar Crossing Bridge First and Only Covered Bridge in Multnomah County, Oregon Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.
  2. 2. An Historical Memorial A Daily Reminder
  3. 3. Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. Lea Wikman, lobbied Don Clark, Multnomah County Executive, for the county to build a covered span. He agreed and suggested that the bridge "be over a stream where the foliage is thick and turns to shades of yellow and orange in the autumn and children can peer out windows to see the waters below."
  4. 4. Original Deardorf Bridge
  5. 5. OTAK Proposed Design
  6. 6. Specifications Length 66 feet Roadway 24 feet Walkway 5 feet Siding Board & Batten Vertical clearance 14 feet World Guide # 37 - 26- B
  7. 7. Interior Detail 10 Gothic style windows to provide light and ventilation Interior finish knotty pine
  8. 8. CONSTRUCTION COSTS Road/abutment costs $74,800 New Bridge costs $93,450 TOTAL : $168,250
  9. 9. Contract Awarded to : Project Time Line : November 1981 Demolish existing bridge; November/December 1981 Replace bridge; January 1982 GRAND OPENING !!!
  10. 10. Dedication Day
  11. 11. Historical Marker • This covered bridge, the first ever built in Multnomah County, was dedicated January 16, 1982, by County Executive Donald E. Clark and Lea Wikman, chairwomen of Powellhurst Community Planning Group, as a nostalgic tribute to ingenious frontiersmen who built such structures throughout western Oregon in the 19th and 20th centuries. • The bridge was named by Ginell Lamont in a contest among David Douglas School students. • The creek below is named for William Johnson who built a sawmill in Lents in the 1850’s. The road commemorates WA Deardorf, who petitioned the County to build the original road in 1898.
  12. 12. Lea Wikman, head of the Community Covered Bridge Committee….assisted in the ceremony.
  13. 13. Rest in Peace May 1982 May
  14. 14. Todays Bridge 2010 National Bridge Report Daily traffic 1476 (2% trucks) Deck satisfactory condition Substructure good condition Superstructure very good condition
  15. 15. Credits • Photos: Steve Turner, Western Wood Products; Tim McCann, Lea Wikman Archive; The Oregonian, Randy Wood; • Sources: The Bridge Lady, Sharon Wood-Wortman; The Oregonian; Wikman Family Archives; • Produced by: Wikman Multi-Media

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