Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Park is located on Sandy Creek, adjacent to the Middle Fork of the Coquille River off Highway 42 in Remote, thirty-one miles west of Roseburg, seventeen miles southeast of Myrtle Point and twenty-six miles southeast of Coquille.
From Roseburg travel west on Highway 42 approximately 31 miles to Remote. Sandy Creek Bridge is on the north side of Highway 42, 1/4 mile west of the Remote exit.
Park Facilities include the historic covered bridge, tourist information booth, footbridge, picnic areas with picnic tables and ADA accessible vault restrooms.
Background: The Sandy Creek covered bridge was built in 1921 and carried traffic on Oregon Highway 42 until it was bypassed in 1949. The 60-foot span was considered short in comparison to other covered bridges built on Oregon highways.
The bridge is strengthened by two crossed Howe truss members on each chord, a rarity in short covered bridges.
An additional aspect of the bridge is the use of large-framed windows on both sides of the structure, maximizing the illumination of the bridge interior.
In late 1981, a plan was developed to make a park at the bridge and use the old wooden structure as a covered picnic site. The Myrtle Point Lions Club adopted the bridge as a major project.
Work at the site began in 1982 and included a new roof, replacing boards and structural pieces, clearing brush and applying a coat of white paint. The park was dedicated in 1984 and now includes a tourist information center at the bridge site. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge has been recently restored for use as a unique park and wayside rest area. Recreational activities include picnicking and viewing the last covered bridge in Coos County.
Sandy Creek (Remote) Covered Bridge
Stream: Sandy Creek
Truss Type: Howe
Bridge Length (ft): 60
Year Built: 1921
World Guide Number: 37-06-09