|The Rochester covered bridge|
In the late 1950s when urban renewal fervor hit the US, some of the powers that been in Douglas County felt that it was time to replace all the old wooden bridges with new concrete models. Another covered span nearby got mysteriously torched one night and the locals around Sutherlin were afraid the Rochester Bridge might be the next on the list, so the community got out their hunting rifles and stood guard over the bridge at night. The county commisioners decided modernization wasn't worth an armed stand-off and took the Rochester Bridge off the replacement list which is why we have it to admire today. By 1969, preservation was more fashionable and the bridge got remodeled at county expense, replacing weather worn structural components to make it safe for another generation.
|The Umpqua River|
|The Winchester Dam with the fish ladder on the left.|
|Ziva develops an interest in fish|
Hwy 138 runs on the north side of the North Umpqua River. Immediately on the other side of the river is the North Umpqua Trail, a 79 mile trail for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Every 8 or 10 miles there is either a car or foot bridge across the river
|Rarin' to go.|