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.
Carrying Goar Road, the bridge crosses Thomas Creek about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southwest of Scio. Gilkey Bridge and a covered railroad bridge next to it crossed the creek at the former community of Gilkey.
Gilkey was a station on the Southern Pacific Railway line between Crabtree and Shelburn. The station, established in 1880, was named for Allen and William Gilkey. Allen Gilkey came to Oregon in the early 1850s and settled nearby.
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.