Originally constructed over the John Day River in north central Oregon for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, and relocated and reused by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company here in 1907.
This bridge’s lattice portal and sway bracing, Whipple truss configuration, horizontal member that passes through the middle of the end panels, and the bridge’s cast iron portal ornamentation and plaques all are distinctive details of famous engineer George Morison.
The bridge retains excellent historic integrity today and stands out as one of Oregon’s most important historic bridges.
The bridge has been painted the standard railroad black in past years. It has not seen a fresh coat of paint in many years however and the paint has long since deteriorated on most surfaces and only remains in areas of the bridge protected from the weather.
The Bridge Currently is a community recreation corridor for walking, jogging, and bicycling.
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The Coburg Railroad Bridge achieves significance as a rare survival of truss bridge construction. The particular type of construction, the double-intersection Pratt through truss, is noteworthy as it was used in the first all-iron truss bridge ever constructed.