There’s something inherently charming about a historic covered bridge that captures the imagination and makes us a bit nostalgic. Cottage Grove, Oregon is a place that’s known for these winsome works of architecture, boasting no fewer than six covered bridges within its lines. Known as the Covered Bridge Capital of the West, it should come as no surprise that Cottage Grove is also home to an old railroad trestle — the only remaining covered railroad bridge west of the Mississippi, in fact. Built in 1925 and then ultimately abandoned following a fire, the Chambers Railroad Covered Bridge fell into disrepair, left to ruin by both nature and graffiti. What happened to this bridge to nowhere in Cottage Grove, Oregon? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out…

What a happy ending for this beautiful piece of Oregon history! Did you know that Oregon was home to the only remaining covered railroad bridge west of the Mississippi? Have you visited the Chambers Railroad Covered Bridge before? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience! And if you know of another “bridge to nowhere” in Oregon, share it with us so we can feature it in an upcoming article!

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