Princeton, Illinois: Red Covered Bridge

Built in 1863, was said to be the only remaining covered bridge in Illinois that you can still drive through.

County Rd 1950 E., Princeton, IL
From downtown Princeton drive north on Main St./IL-26 for about three miles. Turn left at the Historic Red Covered Bridge sign onto County Rd 1990 E. Drive a half-mile to the bridge.
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Bridge sign.

Red Covered Bridge

The bridge seems to have undergone repairs, because there isn't any visible damage. It looks great! Interesting side observation -- there are hundreds of ladybugs climbing the exterior of the bridge. Very delightful. And only bring 12 of your mules. Not 13.

[Abbie Carlon, 11/06/2022]
Red Covered Bridge

Unfortunately, it was recently seriously damaged by an out-of-state truck driver who took a wrong turn.

[Dawn, 05/11/2021]

Covered bridge.

Red Covered Bridge

The Red Covered Bridge is a beautiful bridge, built in 1863. It's the only one of six remaining covered bridges in Illinois that is still open to regular vehicle traffic.

[Jeanne, 04/27/2020]

A metal plaque attached in 1938 says that the sturdy bridge has defied storms and floods and "well represents the unyielding character of those who erected it."

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