2 votes

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01


Photo taken by Brian McKee in June 2009


BH Photo #142349


Covered bridge over Bureau Creek on Old Dad Joe Trail in Princeton
Bureau County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Built 1863; rehabilitated 1973
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 147.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1975
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.41644, -89.47867   (decimal degrees)
41°24'59" N, 89°28'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/292849/4587953 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Princeton North
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IL 006-0134 (Illinois bridge number)
WGCB 13-06-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 75000640 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15038 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (9,089)
Built 1863 (37)
Built during 1860s (691)
Bureau County, Illinois (121)
Covered (2,782)
Have street view (29,918)
Howe through truss (584)
Howe truss (727)
Illinois (4,954)
NR-listed (3,017)
Open (41,210)
Owned by state (16,660)
Preserved (1,236)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,733)
Structurally deficient (12,753)
Through truss (17,904)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,353)
Truss (36,823)
Wooden deck (6,217)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 18, 2020: New Street View added by Luke
  • April 17, 2020: New photo from GS
  • November 18, 2019: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • April 14, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 21, 2013: New photos from Gene Smania
  • February 1, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • January 31, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • July 8, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee



Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted April 15, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Somebody needs to tell the truck driver that Long Grove is about 2 hours Northeast of here! 😜

...I am glad they were able to stop him.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted April 14, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is something screwy about those blue dot "street views" on Google (which are also used for interiors of buildings). I can't tell you how many times in the native Google Maps webpage those blue dots don't load. Some dots work, others don't. I have no idea why, but with awareness of that issue it doesn't surprise me that in some cases it won't work on the embed here either.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted April 14, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The StreetView appears to have stopped working...I don't know if Google changed a setting in the past year or what, but - it doesn't seem to let me use the photo that's there for the Bridge's Google page for the StreetView location. And since the road itself doesn't have any view on it, not much else to do but pull the embed.

There's gotta be some kind of setting at work...to contrast this with a similar one, BH 20075 the Iosco County (MI) Old M-65 bridge - on Google there's a blue dot where the bridge is, so you can click on that and it's usable for a StreetView setting. There's no such blue dot for this bridge here.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted April 14, 2021, by Nicholas Kuhl (kuhl [dot] nicholas [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge was struck today by a semi trying to fit though it.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted June 12, 2020, by GS

Call IDOT District 3, Ottawa,IL 815-434-6131. It is in their district.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted June 11, 2020, by Judy Cooksey (jdcooksey [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anyone know if this bridge has re-opened? Was planning a visit there this weekend. Thanks for the info.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01
Posted April 19, 2020, by GS

Might be able to get there from the north. Go north on IL 26 to County Road 1950N @ 7th Day Adventist Church. Turn left and go to County Road 1950E. Turn left again and follow it to the bridge. There are homes along that road so they need access to them. Might have it marked for Local Traffic Only

The area at the bridge is a County Park so it's probably closed like all of the other parks/nature areas.

Red Covered Bridge 13-06-01 currently closed to traffic
Posted April 18, 2020, by Matt (Mattap74 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tried to visit this Bridge today (4/18/20). But the road leading to it is closed 🙁