Grays River Covered Bridge

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WA 4, 1.5 mi. E of Grays River, Grays River, Washington

Two-span covered bridge over Grays River on Covered Bridge Road

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Grays River Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff

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Description 

Constructed in 1905, the 148-foot Howe truss Grays River Covered Bridge was the first vehicular bridge to span the Grays River. The bridge facilitated transportation of dairy and lumber products from western Wahkiakum County to the community of Grays River, located ca. 1.5 miles to the west, and to marketing and shipping centers at Grays Bay on the Columbia River to the southwest. It is the oldest covered bridge in Washington State that is a functional part of a public highway system. The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1971. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER WA-28)

The historic Gray's bridge was reconstructed in 1989

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1971
Reference number
71000880
Area of significance
Transportation
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Water-related; Road-related
Current functions
Road-related; Water-related
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
1905; 1908

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2013: Updated by Jim Allen: added note to description
  • January 6, 2012: New photos from Michael Goff

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