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Brought Back to Life - Chambers Railroad Bridge

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 29 November 2011 in Architecture.

When I shot the Covered Bridges of Oregon series, the bridge that fired my imagination was this bridge which was in sad shape as can be seen here and here. Since then, the city of Cottage Grove, Oregon, owner of the bridge since 2006, got a grant of $1,315,370 from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Along with the city's matching funds, resources were available to rebuild the bridge before it collapsed into the river. The city also acquired the land on the east side of the river and will make a park accessible, for foot and bicycle traffic, by way of the reconstructed bridge. I hope to make it to the dedication and reopening of the bridge on December 3, 2011. This photo was taken in early November, 2011.

Part of the Covered Bridges of Oregon series.

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Magnificent! And I always enjoy this series. I am glad that some history is being preserved.

29 Nov 2011 5:15am

PATRICK from miramas, France


29 Nov 2011 5:56am

Z from Shanghai, China

Grainy blue sky is not often to see in your gives nice feelings of the historical building

29 Nov 2011 5:57am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Magnificent tones for this image! It is a beautiful construction!

29 Nov 2011 7:04am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Ncie one!!

29 Nov 2011 7:20am

Joelaindien from France


29 Nov 2011 8:06am

Veronique from Suisse/France, France

on the picture of the 9.4 I can really see the height of this bridge ! It's a beautiful place

29 Nov 2011 8:53am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Nice documentation of the bridge.

29 Nov 2011 8:57am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, I remember your earlier postings on this. Great news and I so hope you make it there on the 3rd !

29 Nov 2011 9:17am

keith from killarney, Ireland

thats great so important to preserve our heritage

29 Nov 2011 10:17am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Another wonder shot of contrast colors between the brown earth and the blue sky!

29 Nov 2011 10:40am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful shot of this bridge. Lovely. :)

29 Nov 2011 12:25pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I love these old covered bridges Steve! I also did a series on these last year! Great to see that there is some money finally being set aside for their maintenance and preservation! Nicely captured! ;-)

29 Nov 2011 1:17pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful transformation. Love the grainy wood tones in your image.

29 Nov 2011 1:21pm

franz from Baden, Austria

what an improvement over the other captures, steve! good to see they are preserving the structure!

29 Nov 2011 2:50pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Je me souviens de ta série ! Quel changement ! Je te souhaite une agréable soirée

29 Nov 2011 5:03pm

Monte Stevens from Fort Collins, United States

That is way cool. I'll follow along on the progress as you post more images.

29 Nov 2011 5:10pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely tones of this wood

29 Nov 2011 6:53pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Great to return and document this.

29 Nov 2011 9:10pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

A very beautiful bridge and information.

29 Nov 2011 9:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful warm colors that you've captured in this covered bridge. It's nice when you are able to compare it with shots you captured of the bridge previously when it was in terrible shape. Great documentation.

29 Nov 2011 10:35pm

Diane from Parksville,, Canada

I remember this series very well and was intrigued by every structure. Bless their hearts for bringing this magnificent piece of history back to life! Great image.

30 Nov 2011 12:46am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

nicely processed

30 Nov 2011 12:46am

Diana from United States

Textures add to a look of history

30 Nov 2011 2:57am

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

Love the restoration of such a great icon: the photo captures the rare moment in time before that restoration is complete. Well done.

30 Nov 2011 4:39am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Beautiful colors!

30 Nov 2011 5:23pm