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Seniors visit historical covered bridges


Five bridges in Linn County were part of a recent tour

Seniors at the West Linn Adult Community Center enjoy a good bus trip. We take at least two each month and visit sites inspirational, historical, recreational and educational. Oh, and we always stop for lunch.by: SUBMITTED - Seniors from the West Linn Adult Community Center stand at Hoffman Bridge on one of last month's bus trips.

Our most recent trip took us to the covered bridges of Linn County. You might not know that Oregon boasts the largest number of covered bridges in the West and one of the largest in the entire country.

In the early 20th century, Oregon had an estimated 600 covered bridges, but by 1977, there were only 56 left. Today, the number is down to 51, and within Linn County you will find eight of these. Of these eight bridges, our bus trip visited five: Gilkey, Hoffman, Shimanek, Hannah and Larwood.

Gilkey Bridge, built in 1939, is 120 feet over Thomas Creek and still open to auto traffic. It’s a reminder of what was once the town of Gilkey.

Hoffman Bridge, built in 1936, spans Crabtree Creek and was built primarily with hand tools. And instead of usual open sides, this bridge sports Gothic windows.

Shimanek Bridge, built in 1966, is the only red-covered bridge in Linn County and it too has Gothic windows and a cedar shake roof.

Hannah Bridge, built in 1936, crosses Thomas Creek and handles daily auto crossings and is particularly popular with swimmers and fishermen.

Larwood Bridge, built in 1939 at the confluence of Crabtree Creek and Roaring River, is the last of the bridges we visited. It stands beside Larwood Wayside Park where an old water wheel is a reminder of simpler times.

On the 24th of July, the WLACC bus will visit Portland’s Japanese Gardens, and August trips will include the Hood River Fruit Loop Drive and a tour of Timberline Lodge with lunch. Costs vary depending on entrance fees but are usually under $10, not including lunch. Call the number below for more information if you’d like to reserve a seat.

Here are the upcoming week’s other activities. Please call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, July 13

In the morning, we have the Core Strength class and the Strength and Balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, Aerobics class, and the Oil Painting group. The Whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve sweet and sour pork for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the Pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m., the Texas Hold ‘Em poker group will deal.

Monday, July 16

In the morning we have Tai Chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the Wood Carving group, Aerobics class and Hand & Foot card game group. Today we will offer a salad buffet for lunch. After lunch, the Bridge Group and the Exercise For All program will meet, and the new Pilates-inspired Core Strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17

Morning offerings at the WLACC include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and Gentle Yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group also meets today from 10 a.m. to noon. And our Ukulele Group will strum together at 2 p.m. today.

Wednesday, July 18

In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, Aerobics class, Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class, and the Gardening Club will meet today. The new Pilates-inspired Core Strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m.. The Line Dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon we will have another summer barbecue cookout followed by an ice cream social and bingo. At 12:30 p.m., the Board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet.

All members are welcome to attend. After lunch, the Bridge Group and the Exercise For All program will meet. The Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 19

The Share Singers group will meet at the WLACC this morning. Other morning offerings include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class, and our Gentle Yoga class. Our knitting & crocheting group meets Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the fireplace. And the bridge group meets at 11:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. Unique gifts and uniquely low prices. Many of our gifts came to us through donations, and we want all our donors to know how grateful we are for their contributions. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.