The Bridges of Lane County, Oregon - Pengra Covered Bridge

Pengra Covered Bridge, Lane County, Oregon

Pengra Covered Bridge was built in 1938 to carry travelers across Fall Creek to the nearby towns of Jasper and Lowell.

The Pengra Bridge contains two of the longest timbers ever cut for a bridge in Oregon. The lower chords measuring 16" x 18" x 126 feet were too large to be run through a mill and had to be rough hewn in the woods. Booth-Kelley Lumber Company cut and transported the timbers to the bridge site by truck where they were resurfaced before being set into place.Pengra Covered Bridge

The bridge was named for B.J. Pengra, a pioneer who eventually became general Surveyor of Oregon in 1862.  It's also known as the Fall Creek Bridge for the waterway that it spans.

Pengra Covered Bridge PlaquePengra Covered Bridge is one of 20 covered bridges in Lane County and 50 covered bridges in Oregon.  Lane County has more covered bridges in its borders than any other county west of the Mississippi.  Seventeen of these bridges are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fall Creek from Pengra Covered BridgeSix additional covered bridges are within easy driving distance from the Pengra Bridge, starting in Cottage Grove.

Directions: Follow Jasper Road south of Springfield to Jasper and continue traveling southeast on Pengra Road 4 miles to Little Falls Creek Road. Turn east and travel 1/4 mile to Place Road. The bridge is located 100 yards south on Place Road.


Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 6 commentsRick Obst • December 28 2014 07:02AM


Beautiful bridge and a great history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 5 years ago

Wonderful pictures of a beautiful old historic covered bridge.

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group! 


Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

I read an article on covered bridges in my state this morning, I think I'm going to visit all of them this year.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

David: Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  Every covered bridge is different, especially when seen in their surroundings.

Myrl Jeffcoat: Thank you for featuring this post in your Photos group!

Tammy Lankford: I haven't visited all 50 covered bridges in Oregon yet, but I've seen most of the 20 in Lane County.  My father takes video and I take digital photos.  Share pictures and insights about the covered bridges you visit in Georgia on your AR blog.

Posted by Rick Obst almost 5 years ago

My husband and I were just discussing it.  Most can be a day trip, a couple we will have to do a night away to really enjoy.  There are fewer in GA, I think 16 at most and I likely won't start until the weather improves (greens up a bit) and I think my photos will turn out nice.  But I do plan to blog abou them.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs and the interesting history lesson.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago