Red Covered Bridge (Illinois)

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Red Covered Bridge
Red Covered Bridge in Princeton IL.jpg
Shown with its white guardrail
Location2 mi. N of Princeton, IL off IL 26 on Old Dad Joe Trail
Coordinates41°24′59″N 89°28′42.3″W / 41.41639°N 89.478417°W / 41.41639; -89.478417Coordinates: 41°24′59″N 89°28′42.3″W / 41.41639°N 89.478417°W / 41.41639; -89.478417
NRHP reference #75000640[1]
Added to NRHPApril 23, 1975

The Red Covered Bridge is a wooden, covered bridge that runs over Big Bureau Creek north of Princeton in Dover Township, Bureau County, Illinois. It was originally built in 1863, at a cost of $3,148.57.[2] The 149-foot (45 m) span is one of five remaining covered bridges in Illinois, and it is still open to traffic, though now covered with CCTV cameras. It was once part of the Peoria-Galena Trail.[3]

The bridge was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1975.[1]

Sign on Red Covered Bridge


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Sunmark, D. E. (January 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Red Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Red Covered Bridge". Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. Retrieved October 16, 2013.

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