Built in 1863, the Red Covered Bridge, just north of Princeton on Interstate 80 at exit 56, is one of only 5 remaining covered bridges in Illinois and the only one through which cars can be driven. Across the top of the bridge above both entrances, a sign proclaims, "Five dollars fine for driving more than 12 horses, mules or cattle at any one time or for leading any beast faster than a walk on or across this bridge." Visitors can picnic in the Red Covered Bridge Park and imagine a day when only horses, buggies, cattle, and hikers crossed the structure.

Built at a cost of $3,148.57, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 The city of Princeton is a fine place to live, work and raise a family, and even retire. The people are warm and friendly, and resources abound. There is a quality of life here that few communities can share.

Princeton is ideally located adjacent to Interstate 80, and offers all the accommodations, services and amenities that residents, businesses, and travelers need. In fact, a complete network of transportation systems serves Princeton—conveniently linking its people and businesses to all the major trade centers and markets of the Midwest. Princeton is a willing partner to companies interested in locating or relocating here.

The pace of the community is relaxed, yet the people are active and involved in a wide variety of activities, local government and many community projects.

Excellent schools serve the city’s children, modern health care centers offer the finest treatment, and convenient shopping districts feature a diverse selection of quality goods and services.

Beautiful city parks and impressive recreational facilities are settings for a wide range of recreational activities that change with the seasons.

The quiet, picturesque neighborhoods of Princeton feature gracious homes with their own special charm.

A county newspaper and a major radio station—both award winners—are centered here.

This is a community firmly rooted in Midwestern history, proudly preserving the treasures of its past while progressively preparing for its future.

Come and experience Princeton for yourself—you will find a warm welcome awaits you.


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