The Earnest Covered Bridge across the Mohawk River near Marcola, Oregon, is the second bridge to have been at this location. The first one was the Adams Bridge. It was erected by A.N. Striker in 1903 and was 83 feet long.
Its replacement is the current bridge, built in 1938 at a cost of just under $2500. The bridge was “named after locals” but I can not find more information about them. I did uncover that there is a discrepancy in the name spelling. Some have it as “Ernest,” including it’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, but the bridge itself and many others are labeled “Earnest.”
In the early 1960’s the bridge was chosen by director Andrew McLaglen as a location for his Civil War Movie “Shenandoah” starring James Stewart. With permissions of the county, it was modified to more closely resemble an Civil War era covered bridge in the South. In 1965, after the movie was released, the movie company restored the bridge to it’s original configuration and received a new paint job.
The two below pictures are from the Salem History Website. They are labeled 1957-1963 so it’s likely they were taken before the movie modified the bridge. Both were taken by photographer Ben Maxwell.