Nominated for National Register:
The original plan in 1972 was to replace it with a culvert. While the covering might not be ideal as far as historic appreciation goes, the bridge wouldn't be here today had it not been covered as part of that alternative plan.
Also, a big part of the reason for the low covering was to limit truck traffic and weight on the bridge. The road the bridge is on is a cut through between major state highways. So it wasn't just for show.
Bridge is now threatened, and a group is organizing in Long Grove to save it. Newspaper article: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170111/news/170119721/
It's a kind of a crazy bridge - a 1906 metal pony truss that gained a covering in 1972.
Here is a blog with pictures:
Note the bolts that have replaced the rivets.
Up close I must say they did a nice job of making it look nice. You can easily the truss portion and its been nicely painted. So I guess the happy ending is its still here.
Years ago there was another truss bridge just north of town on Cuba Road (follow the creek on sat view)so while I might not be thrilled with the cheesy fake covered bridge wrapping it did save the original bridge.
Sounds like the Amnicon Falls Bridge in Douglas County, Wisconsin... A rare Horton Bowstring that has been enclosed in a fake wrapper for more than 70 years. Unfortunately, it has been covered for so long I doubt that anyone living has seen it in it's natural state.
I don't doubt that some of the wealthy folks who live there think that a covered bridge is a symbol of prestige and a metal truss bridge is a symbol of something rustic. But I find that amusing at the same time because history tells us the reality is actually the opposite. Covered bridges are actually the result of a nation lacking in industry, but with an abundance of trees and so-called "unskilled" labor that could turn those trees into bridges. The metal truss bridge actually symbolizes the advancement of industry and well-being in the United States. We moved from covered bridge, which by their nature are not built to last (nearly all covered bridges existing today lack significant original materials) to metal truss bridges, a durable type of bridge designed to last well over 100 years.
I love your comments but if you've ever been to Long Grove ($$$)you'd understand why they covered it. Nothing rustic in that neighborhood. You'd be out of place there if you weren't in your BMW/Porsche/MB SUV. I could only imagine the affluent folks there thinking a beautiful old truss bridge as being unsightly.
Thank you Nathan! Not that I have anything against covered bridges, but I fail to see the logic in preserving a wooden truss, but not a wrought iron one.
When I lived in Decorah, Iowa briefly, I had the opportunity to photograph the many truss bridges in the area, yet when I tell people that I lived in Iowa, they ask me if I visited the "Bridges of Madison County".
Robert, your comment is now my new favorite BridgeHunter quote!:
"I think that tonight I will move my toolshed over my creek and see if I can't get some federal funding."
Reply to Nathan:
I have lost count of the number of times I have picked up a newspaper and read of a truss bridge, usually scheduled for replacement, being referred to as an eysore. Interesting how nobody ever refers to a covered bridge by using the same perjoratives.
I think that tonight I will move my toolshed over my creek and see if I can't get some federal funding.
Well, this is among the dumber things I have ever seen. Take a genuine historic Pratt pony truss with handsome ornate railing and put fake wooden covering on it to make it look like a covered bridge. This just shows how warped the general public's view of historic bridges is. A bridge does not have to be a wooden covered bridge to be historic. This bridge is historic on its own. The only positive reason I can think of to do this would be to trick PennDOT into thinking this was a covered bridge so that they would preserve it instead of demolishing it. But this bridge is in Illinois not Pennsylvania.