Weddle Covered Bridge
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N 44° 23.679 W 122° 43.594
10T E 521776 N 4915743
This history sign is located on the Weddle Covered Bridge across Ames Creek in Sankey Park at Sweet Home, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WMD4ZC
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 11/19/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
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This plaque is located on the inside of the bridge at the south end.

Marker Name: Weddle Covered Bridge
Marker Text: The history of the Weddle Covered Bridge is rich in detail. Originally constructed over Thomas Creek west of Scio, Oregon in 1937, it proudly stood for almost five decades as an important transportation and social feature of Linn County. In the early 1980’s the bridge was bypassed as it’s structure could no longer support heavy traffic loads safely due to failure of a main truss. Linn County did not expend monies to repair the bridge. Under protest from some, the bridge was dismantled and the salvaged framework stored in 1987. The community of Sweet Home obtained these salvaged materials from Linn County, and through dedicated efforts restored the Weddle Covered Bridge to this Ames Creek site in 1989-90. During an era when the historic value of Oregon’s covered bridges was just being realized. It is our hope that future generations continue to admire the beauty and uniqueness of covered bridge structures, and strive to preserve Oregon’s covered bridge heritage.
The Weddle Covered Bridge Restoration Project Committee

There are two additional plaques on the opposite side of the bridge. One is titled “In Tribute” and lists individuals, businesses and organizations that were major contributors to the rebuilding of the Weddle Bridge. The other plaque honors State Senator Mae Yih for her legislative efforts to preserve Oregon’s covered bridges.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Linn

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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