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Captain Swift Covered Bridge
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Princeton
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 24 June 2016

It's always shocking to find a covered bridge in this day and age. This one is still open for public travel across a small river. For even more fun, park the car and walk across it.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

This "modern" two lane wooden bridge was built several years ago, as a relative to the older Red Covered Bridge, a few miles to the north. It is an interesting wooden structure spanning Bureau Creek. It is located west of Princeton, and you'll have to know where you're going to find it. There is a parking lot on the east side of the bridge, so you can get out and walk around. It is an active bridge, so watch for traffic.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

If you didn't know that the Captain Swift Covered Bridge was built in 2006, nearly 50 years after some of the most famous and celebrated covered bridges in the eastern United States, you'd swear it was an original. Located one mile west of Princeton at 1600 North Epperson Road in Bureau County, it isn't as popular as the older Red Covered Bridge nearby. But it is unique to covered bridges of the past that were designed for limited use of horse-and-buggy traffic and are impractical today. Captain Swift Covered Bridge has two lanes and is built to modern highway standards. Made entirely out of wood, it is the only two-lane covered bridge in Illinois. It derives its strength from its burr arch design, an idea patented by Theodore Burr of New York in 1804. Using 1800s concepts, the bridge has a vertical clearance of 16 feet, three inches. It also has a 28-foot minimum roadway width and a 128-foot span over the Big Bureau Creek. With an outer skin of Douglas Fir, the bridge will age to a lovely chocolate brown and the attractive natural color will make painting unnecessary. Some local taxpayers are critical of the bridge, arguing that it isn't historical, that the money could have been better spent. One suggestion from somebody who admires covered bridges: Build a park so locals and tourists can picnic on a hot summer day.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Nice looking bridge but not exactly a tourist spot. Took my daughter here to do an insect hunt for a school project. Water was low so there was no chance of canoeing or kayaking. Found tons of interesting insects though.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Craig S
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

This is an ideal spot to begin or end a kayaking or canoe jaunt on Bureau Creek because it is only about a mile from Princeton and has a paved parking lot that is a short walk (about 60 paces) to the creek. There is a bend in the creek that flattens out just under the bridge so getting in and out onto the flat rocky surface is very easy.Because of its close proximity to town, it is a convenient place for people to take kids and dogs wading on a hot summer day. But since it is not a good swimming spot (shallow and rocky) people come and go without lingering too long. There are no facilities at Capt. Swift bridge. The walk from the parking lot to the water is not paved. It is more like a miniature dry gulch down a short hill surrounded by some prairie grass. If you plan to wade in the water, you will need water shoes, sandals, Crocs or some type of footwear due to the rocks. Sometimes you will see people fishing in this area.

Date of experience: August 2015
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