Office Bridge  -- 87K

Office  Bridge

World Guide Number: 37-20-39

At 180 feet, the Office Bridge is Oregon's longest, 15 feet longer than Goodpasture and Lowell. A second feature that distinguishes this remarkable bridge is the attached covered walkway next to the road deck. This is the only bridge in the state with such a feature, and it is tempting to put this one on the must see list for this unique feature.

It spans the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River at Westfir. (Do you get the impression that the pioneers were getting a little punchy naming all the rivers here?) It employs a Howe Truss, and was built in 1944 by the Hines Lumber Company. The sawmill resided on one side of the river, and the mill office and company town, on the other. Hence the name Office Bridge.

The town, sawmill, and privately owned bridge were sold in 1977 to an investment firm. The sawmill burned in 1980, and although the bridge was unharmed, it was closed to traffic. It is now abandoned and deteriorating. There was a small lake (log pond) on the river under the bridge at the time these pictures were made (1992), but the decaying wooden dam has since been removed. Many of the locals regret the way this has altered their pastoral landscape.

Take highway 58 east from Eugene. As you approach Oakridge, turn on Westridge Avenue (near mile post 31). Take the county road (C.R. 6128) to Westfir, about 2 and a half miles.