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Goodpasture Covered Bridge - Vida, Oregon

  One of the most photographed covered bridges in Oregon is the Goodpasture Covered Bridge, which spans across the McKenzie River near Vida, Oregon. Built in 1938, the covered bridge was built during a time when covered bridges were a popular form of bridge construction in Oregon, and in fact, the Goodpasture Covered Bridge is one of several covered bridges that opened in Lane County, Oregon that same year. It is a handsome covered bridge and you may have come across pictures of alternating green and red lights in the gothic-styled louvered windows of the covered bridge, as the bridge is decorated and lit up every December by a local garden club. Located on Goodpasture Road right off of OR 126, the Goodpasture Covered Bridge is built in a Howe truss design for covered bridges and is 165 feet in length, making this the second longest covered bridge in Oregon, only after the Westfir Covered Bridge. The bridge was built in 1938 for a sum of $13,154 and was named for Benjamin Franklin Good

Oregon State Route 31

  OR 31 is a 120-mile-long state route stretching between Valley Falls and LaPine in Oregon's Outback, a region of high desert terrain east of the Cascades in the central, southern, and eastern regions of Oregon. Also known as the Fremont Highway, OR 31 connects US 395 north of Lakeview with US 97 south of Bend in a southeast-northwest direction, passing by the towns of Silver Lake, Summer Lake, and Paisley along the way. Oregon State Route 31 became part of the state route system in Oregon in 1932 and has remained on its original route ever since, serving as a key cog for travel around different parts of Oregon. The Oregon Outback Scenic Byway follows OR 31 through the state route's entire length, as it passes by memorable terrain and landscapes. Along the way, you'll pass by Summer Lake, which is a long, shallow alkaline lake that has depths of 4 to 5 feet and is a rest stop for migrating birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. Summer Lake sometimes dries up completely