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Rock O' the Range Bridge
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Coordinates 44°07′20″N 121°17′13″W / 44.122345°N 121.286861°W / 44.122345; -121.286861 (Rock O' the Range Covered Bridge)Coordinates: 44°07′20″N 121°17′13″W / 44.122345°N 121.286861°W / 44.122345; -121.286861 (Rock O' the Range Covered Bridge)
Carries Bowery Lane
Crosses Swalley Canal
Maintained by Local Homeowners
Characteristics
Design Covered
Total length 42 feet (13 m)
Clearance above 12.3 feet (3.7 m)
History
Constructed by Maurice Olson
Construction end 1963
Rock O' the Range Bridge
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Nearest city Bend, Oregon
Architectural style King Post Truss
MPS Oregon Covered Bridges TR
NRHP reference No. 79002054
Added to NRHP 29 November 1979

The Rock O' the Range Bridge, also called the Swalley Canal Bridge, is a bridge located north of Bend, Oregon, U.S., on a street adjacent to U.S. Route 97. It is the only covered span in the state of Oregon on the east side of the Cascade Range. It is also one of very few privately owned covered bridges in Oregon.

History

William Bowen, a proprietor of land north of Bend, was forced to build an access road across the Swalley Canal to access his property. His bridge was inspired by the Goodpasture Bridge in Lane County. Bowen hired Maurice Olson to build the bridge; it was finished in 1963 for $4500 ($31,318 in 2021).

High loads have damaged the portal boards and roof braces, due to an unusually short 9-foot (270 cm) clearance.

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