Pengra Bridge  -- 83K

Pengra  Bridge

World Guide Number: 37-20-15

This bridge is located across Fall Creek in one of those idyllic settings that lands this bridge on the must see list--especially if you visit in the Autumn. It was erected in 1938 to replace a larger deteriorated span, Fall Creek Bridge, which had been situated just upstream of the present sturcture.

Pengra bridge is a Howe Truss span of 120 feet. It takes its name from B.J. Pengra who was an Oregon Trail emigrant of 1853. In 1864, he became Oregon's general surveyor.

Besides the pristine setting, what distinguishes this bridge are the timbers used in the upper and lower chords of the truss. The upper chords were cut from single timbers and the finished measurements are 14" x 18" x 96 feet. The lower chords are also single timber which amazingly measure 16" x 18" x 126 feet. These chords were provided by the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company and rank among the largest timbers in any of Oregon's bridges.

The bridge was bypassed in 1979 due to it deteriorated condition, but rehabilitation of the bridge was planned and may have taken place by this time. If not, it is still a wonderful bridge to visit and a very photogenic location.

Take highway 58 to the Lowell Bridge, cross Dexter Resevoir, and head north about 2 miles to Unity Bridge. Turn left on Place road and head west for about three miles watching for the short lane to the bridge on the right.