Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge

The one and only covered bridge in Multnomah County is not technically a covered bridge. It lacks traditional wood trusses so it is considered a “roofed span”. The 60-foot-long span crosses Johnson Creek on Deardorff Road and was built in 1982 to replace an older bridge that was too narrow.

Bridge over Johnson Creek

County Executive Don Clark had dreamed of building a covered bridge in the county for years. At one point he even considered moving a covered bridge from elsewhere. He was quoted in the Oregonian as saying “I’ve always thought they were very picturesque. They look like they belong in Oregon as part of the landscape and examples of a relaxed, more placid lifestyle.”

He got his wish when engineers decided to replace the too-narrow bridge over Johnson Creek on Deardorff Road. While the new bridge was under construction a contest was held in the David Douglas School District to decide a name. Ginell Lamont, a seventh grader at Alice Ott Elementary School, won the contest with her suggestion of “Cedar Crossing.”

Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge Sketch
Design sketch of covered bridge

The bridge was dedicated on a wet day in January 1982. Don Clark joked with the crowd that “If you’ve ever wondered why they put covers on bridges, if this weather doesn’t tell you nothing will.”

Today the bridge looks much the same as it did when it opened 30 years ago. My photos below, taken in April 2012, show the view from the north end of the bridge, then the south end.

Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge

Cedar Crossing Covered Bridge

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  1. Here’s the information that was posted on the plaque that was placed at the time of the bridges opening in 198. The plaque was stolen many years ago and am attempting to get it replaced.

    “This covered bridge, the first ever built in Multnomah County, was dedicated January 16, 1982 by County Executive Donald E Clark and Lea Wikman, chairwomen of the Powellhurst Community Planning group, as a nostalgic tribute to ingenious frontiersmen who built such structures throughout western Oregon in the 19th and 20th centuries.
    The bridge was named byGinell Lamont in a contest among David Dougls School students.

    The creek below is named for William Johnson who built a sawmill in Lents in the 1850’s. The road commemorates W.A. Deardorf, who petitioned the County to build the original road in 1898. ”

    Any help in getting the Historical Marker replaced is appreciated.

    Carl Wikman

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