Once considered one of Oregon's most run down covered bridges, the Deadwood Bridge is now among the state's finest.
The construction was unique and included flooring that was installed on a slant so that traffic rounding the corner onto the bridge would travel more safely.
The span was bypassed in the 1970s with a modern bridge providing a more direct route on Deadwood Road about a half mile away.
When the original bridge condition worsened in the early 1980s, county officials decided to refurbish the covered bridge.
In 1986, damaged siding, flooring and portal boards, along with work on the bracing, roof and approaches were replaced.
The restoration brought the bridge back to nearly mint condition, andin October 1986 the bridge opened to traffic.
All lateral bracing use steel tension rods. The top and bottom chords are made of one piece old-growth timber.
The original house had portal openings that were semi-elliptical but the design was changed to a Tudor arch style when the bridge was restored.
The house has a long window opening on the north side of the bridge.
Travel west from Eugene to Mapleton on Highway 126.
Continue northeast on Highway 36 through Swisshome 12 miles to Deadwood (or southwest from Junction City).
Turn north on Lower Deadwood Road.
Follow Lower Deadwood Road approximately 5 miles and turn right on Deadwood Loop Road.
Deadwood Creek is on Deadwood Loop Road at Mile Point 0.3