The bridge, which measures 93 feet, spans Big Bureau Creek and was a hallmark of the legendary Galena Trail, which connected the lead-mining region of Northern Illinois to Peoria. In those days, covered bridges were viewed more for function than form.
Today, you won't find your path being blocked by "beasts" crossing the bridge. But you may spot a photographer or two.
Bridges of old were covered to make them last longer.
Because early bridges were made of wood they were vulnerable to weather. Rain-soaked planks also were slippery and dangerous. Plus a roof made the entire structure stronger.