The Jackson Truss Covered Bridge is located just west of the small town of Greenup, Illinois which is about 2 hours east of St. Louis along Interstate 70.
This bridge is a recreation of a bridge that once stood in this same location almost 200 years ago.
This modern bridge spans the Embarass River and is known to be “the longest covered timber bridge in the U.S. without a posted weight restriction”. Even semi trucks can use this bridge.
The original bridge was built in 1832 and legend says that a young Abe Lincoln, his father and a cousin helped construct the bridge. The original bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1865.
I love traveling the backroads to find interesting and historical places so this was a great place to stop and stretch our legs. On this road trip, we also visited Fox Ridge State Park and the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.