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Lowell in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Building a Bridge

Industrious Labor

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 21, 2012
1. Building a Bridge Marker
Inscription. Oregon's rivers echoed with the sound of saws, axes, and the other industrious banging of hammers as work crews erected hundreds of bridges during the height of the covered bridge era. Bridge construction typically started with the abutments that supported the ends of the bridge. After the abutments were in place, workers constructed falsework across the river, upon which the trusses and deck were built. Once the trusses and the deck were in place and adjusted, the falsework was taken apart; salvageable pieces were saved, and the rest was broken up and discarded. Finally, the roadway was built, and the bridge was roofed and sided.

Covered Bridge building from the 1800s and into the 1900s was not done by just anyone. Like today's engineers, early 19th century bridge builders specialized in covered bridge construction. Similar to blacksmiths or shoemakers, men were bridge builders by trade and a few such as A.S. Miller, Lord Nelson "Nels" Roney, and brother Miller and Walt Sorenson rose to the top as prominent covered bridge builders.

Design for Light
Covered bridge architecture is simple and functional. Concerns over light and visibility along the inside passage inspired designers to incorporate distinctively shaped windows to fit in the spaces between the trusses. The bridge designers' creative efforts
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 21, 2012
2. Building a Bridge Marker
also affected the design of the bridge portals; a close study will discern subtle differences in style.
 
Location. 43° 54.547′ N, 122° 46.769′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from S Pioneer St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lowell OR 97452, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lowell Covered Bridge (here, next to this marker); Frontier Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Frontier Life (a few steps from this marker); Lowell Prospers (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lowell Prospers (a few steps from this marker); Touring the Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Bristow (approx. 8.7 miles away); Bristow Monument (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 21, 2012
3. Building a Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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