Although many roofed bridges continues to serve on secondary roads in Oregon, This span was the last to serve on a primary state highway. When in service, locals mounted their mailboxes inside to protect them from the weather.
In 1974, it was deemed too hazardous and removed from service. It was slated for demolition but the children of Pedee School initiated a 'Save our Bridge' campaign that culminated in a ballot issue to relocate the bridge parallel to the new concrete bridge. The bridge now serves as a roadside park and is one of the most photographed structures in the state. Built in 1927 at a cost of $6,964, Ritner Creek bridge is 75 ft. long and uses a Howe truss.
Take highway 223 south from Dallas 20 miles to the bridge. It is located to the side of the main highway about 3 miles south of town of Pedee.