Tag Archives: bridge

Five – Dollars – Fine

Our travels today brought us to
The Red Covered Bridge. It is a wooden covered bridge that was built in 1863 and spans the Bureau creek,  north of Princeton, Illinois.  It’s 149 feet long and is one of six remaining covered bridges in Illinois and is still open to traffic. I don’t know if they still enforce the fines though….

More info: http://www.bureaucounty-il.us/Bridges/RedCoveredBridge.html

Above the Waterfall

Standing on the bridge, leaning over the railing, looking 50+ feet down.
Almost at the bottom, looking up at the bridge.

Today was the coldest day we’ve had all winter, hovering just above the teens with a windchill. Brrrr!
Good day for a drive!
Our travels today found Steve and I at a tiny lake hidden in the woods behind a golf course at the back end of Matheson State Park, IL. The lake is called Matheson Lake (what else but?)
At the end of the lake we saw a very large old bridge peeking through the trees. We had to go look because we have this love for all things old!
Anyway, we discovered the bridge spanned a spillway at the head of a deep canyon~ very typical of our other Illinois canyons, the soft sandstone being carved away by thousands of years of flowing water. Very pretty and serene, even in the dead of winter. We will have to come back in the spring when everything is starting to grow again.

Across the Bridge
Refection at the Bottom