Chavener’s Bridge


This marker is reached by taking the Gold Hill exit, exit 40, from Interstate 5.  Just before you cross the Highway 99 bridge into Gold Hill turn right onto the Upper River road, drive under the Southern Pacific Railroad bridge and park just beyond it.  The marker will be seen about 200 feet to the right of the railroad bridge and out toward the river among the remains of old bridge abutments at the edge of a neighbor’s green lawn

The marker inscription reads:


A toll bridge was constructed near here in 1859 on land owned by Thomas Chavener.  It was destroyed by the 1862 flood but was rebuilt.  The bridge was operated by Chavener’s Rogue River Bridge company from 1876 to 1888 when it was sold to Jackson County.

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