Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Glenarm

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Sugar Creek Covered Bridge is a covered bridge which crosses Sugar Creek southeast of Chatham, Illinois. The Burr truss bridge is 110 feet (34 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide. The bridge was constructed by Thomas Black; sources disagree on the date of construction, placing it at either 1827 or 1880. The State of Illinois acquired the bridge in 1963 and extensively renovated it two years later. The bridge closed to traffic in 1984 and is now part of a local park with a picnic area. It is one of only five historic covered bridges in Illinois and is the oldest of the remaining bridges.
The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 9, 1978.
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  • A long time ago we used to be able to drive over this bridge. Dad took us there sometimes to fish in the stream. Now the Bridge has been restored with a nice park around the bridge. It is worth the...  more »
  • I needed a short stop get-away with my dogs so I drove over to the covered bridge. Not too many parks are open during the COVID-19 pandemic. We tend to get a little cabin fever and what goes well...  more »
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  • Well preserved old covered bridge. The framing of the bridge is quite impressive. Great carpentry work.
  • This is a beautiful covered bridge which is now part of Pioneer Park, in Glenarm, Illinois. The bridge is one of only five historic bridges which still remain in Illinois. While we enjoyed seeing the Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, the creek was disappointing. It was extremely murky, making it difficult to tell how deep the water was, and there was no current whatsoever. Pioneer Park, which was established to pay tribute to the first settlers of Sangamon County, has a small pavilion with one picnic table, and there are no restroom facilities on site. Seeing the bridge was well worth the 90 minute drive it took to get there.

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