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Sky view of bridge with a royal name
Opal's blind friend, "the girl who has no seeing" lived near this bridge

Aerial Photograph of the Stewart Bridge

This is a photo of Garoutte Rd and the Stewart Covered Bridge. Opal calls Mosby Creek the "riviŤre". The house of the blind "girl who has no seeing" was near this bridge.

Her real name was Laura Downes and she lived near Opal's school on Mosby Creek road across from the bridge. Laura Downes died in a fire in the spring of 1905 as Opal's diary describes. She was 25 years old.

Opal sometimes uses French and Latin words in her diary. The Willamette Valley in Oregon had many French settlers and priests in the 1800's. Even Cottage Grove has some "royalty".

According to Michael Thole's book, "Bohemia: the Life and Times of an Oregon Timber Venture", the Garoutte family had long family ties to French aristocracy. Ancestors of the present day Garoutte family were a part of Lafayette's French soldiers who helped the colonies rebel against England.

Also, the Stewart Covered Bridge shown above is named for a local family that traces its roots back to Mary, Queen of Scots and the royal Stewart's of Scotland. Together, these two families became important people Oregon's timber years.

These links tell the story of the girl who has no seeing (blind)

Scene 23: Voices in the wind     

Scene 24: Playing with the girl who has no seeing     

Day 47: The death of the girl who has no seeing.     

Photo Courtesy of Charles Rogers, M.S. Geologist & Aerial photographer 



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