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Short Covered Bridge

For a state that has the most covered bridges of any state west of the Mississippi River, Oregon still has plenty of unique surprises to be found among its inventory of covered bridges. One of these covered bridges is the Short Covered Bridge, located just off of US Highway 20 just west of Cascadia State Park near the community of Foster in eastern Linn County. It's also one of a handful of covered bridges located along current or historic alignments of US 20, with the Chitwood Covered Bridge being another covered bridge located along US 20 in western Oregon.

Built in 1945, the Short Covered Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge that spans over the South Santiam River and is one of a few remaining covered bridges in Linn County to feature a roof made of wooden shingles. The Short Covered Bridge is far from short, spanning a total length of 173 feet across the South Santiam River. When the covered bridge was built, the bridge was known as the Whiskey Butte Bridge, but over t…

California State Route 116

This past month I drove a segment of California State Route 116 from US Route 101 in Cotati east to CA 121 near Schellville. 


CA 116 is a 46 mile east/west State Highway entirely located within Sonoma County.  CA 116 begins near CA 1 in Jenner and travels easterly to a terminus at CA 121.



Part 1; the history of CA 116

What is now CA 116 entered the State Highway System as Legislative Route 104 in 1933 according to CAhighways.org.  LRN 104 between Jenner and Sebastopol was added to Sign Route 12 in 1934.  CA 12 can be seen on LRN 104 between Jenner and Sebastopol on the 1938 Division of Highways State Map.


During the 1964 State Highway Renumbering CA 12 west of Sebastopol was given a new planned alignment that was an unbuilt segment of LRN 51.  All of LRN 104 was redefined with a new designation of CA 116.  CA 116 included a multiplex of US 101 from Cotati south to Petaluma.  The change from LRN 104 to CA 116 can be seen by comparing the 1963 Division of Highways Map to the 1964 Edition…