Built in the 1800s, would you dare drive over Illinois' oldest bridge?

What Is The Deal With Bridges?

I guess I just take them for granted but I have never been very interested in bridges. I do believe they are really convenient when you want to get to the other side of a river or something. Some people find them fascinating. Others are extremely afraid of crossing the structures.


I was pretty lucky growing up because my family took some pretty cool vacations but there is one that was quite lame and I will never forget it. My parents decided it would be a good idea to travel to Indiana for the Covered Bridge Festival. Trust me, once you have seen one, you have seen them all. No offense to people who enjoy the exciting world of covered bridges.


There Is An Interesting Covered Bridge In Illinois

Okay, there is actually a covered bridge in Illinois that is interesting.

According to onlyinyourstate.com,

"The Oldest Covered Bridge In Illinois Has Been Around Since 1863."


"There’s a covered bridge in Princeton, Illinois that is the oldest in the state, and it’s amazing that it is still in working order."


"This incredible piece of architecture is a sight to see, and you won’t want to miss it."



Details About Illinois' Oldest Covered Bridge

  • Located in Princeton, Illinois.
  • Built in 1863.
  • Can still drive over it.
  • Style is called Red Covered Bridge.
  • On the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Longest one in the state (149 feet).
  • Crosses over Big Bureau Creek (near Illinois River).
  • Made of wood and stone.
  • Cost $3,000 to build ($90,000 today).

Would you be afraid to cross this old bridge?

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