By Jan Jackson
If you are into covered bridges, the Goodpasture Covered Bridge is one you need to see. Oregon’s second longest and most frequently photographed, it spans the crystal-clear McKenzie River near the communities of Vida/Leaburg. If you’re listening to the Travel Anywhere GPS Auto Guide, Andrew won’t let you miss it.
Bridge facts – it cost $13,154 when it was built in 1938, $750,000 to renovate in 1987, and another $2 million to overhaul in 2012.
One of the reasons it is so picture worthy is the semi-elliptical portals and the ten Gothic-style louvered windows on each side. Modern day enhancements include a customizable LED lighting system, which baths the bridge in while light at night and during the holiday season it is lit up in colorful Christmas lighting.
Located on OR Highway 126, it was named after Benjamin Franklin Goodpasture, an area pioneer farmer. The Goodpasture Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Finding hidden gems like this is one of many good reasons to have the narrated Together Anywhere GPS Auto Guide on your mobile phone. As a rural state, Oregon is without a lot of guided tour opportunities. This app, which starts and stops on demand, is free while each $5 tour is yours to keep forever.
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Together Anywhere has created a way to explore Oregon through stories while driving. You just download the app at Together Anywhere, choose your drive, and you are on your way.
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