Once we got to Scio I was a lot more willing to go looking for the several Covered Bridges. I found that I could not find adequate maps online for the several bridges around Linn county though there is a really nice one available in Albany. What I did find was nice signs that led to all the bridges. I followed those signs and the first bridge I found was the Gilkey bridge.
From Wikipedia I found this description. The railroad bridge is no longer covered.

The Gilkey Bridge is a covered bridge in Linn County in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Thomas Creek – Gilkey Covered Bridge in 1987.[2]

Carrying Goar Road, the bridge crosses Thomas Creek about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southwest of Scio.[1] Gilkey Bridge and a covered railroad bridge next to it crossed the creek at the former community of Gilkey.[1]

Gilkey was a station on the Southern Pacific Railway line between Crabtree and Shelburn.[3] The station, established in 1880, was named for Allen and William Gilkey.[1] Allen Gilkey came to Oregon in the early 1850s and settled nearby.[3]

The bridge, 120 feet (37 m) long, was constructed in 1939. Damaged by an overloaded vehicle in 1997, it was closed for repairs, then reopened to traffic in 1998.[1

The name of this bridge had me doing some thinking and going through my mental files. It took a while but I finally remembered that one of my favorite wild flower reference books was written by a Helen Gilkey. I could not find a direct family line with the namesakes of this former town and Bridge.

I loved the different angles and lines on this shot.

This shot shows some of the farm land that surrounds this bridge. While we were taking photos there was a person working on the tractor in this field. He got it working and drove it away

The next bridge was the one I heard about a lot from my mom. I really wanted to find it and I did. So next is the Shimanek Bridge.