Nestled in a little river valley in Knox county is a modern treasure with historical flare. The Wolf Covered Bridge, sits in an almost hidden in a river crossing in a deep in a valley, just 10 miles south east of Knoxville, IL. Crossing the Spoon river, the original was built in the 1840’s as an open deck bridge until a cover was built for it in 1874. The structure saw it’s share of foot, horse, wagon and eventually motorized traffic for some 150 years before succumbing to arson in 1994.
Luckily, the state saw the historical significance in the bridge, and instead of replacing it with iron and concrete, constructed the wonderful reproduction, as true to the original as possible, seen today. The new bridge was dedicated in 1999. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant structure relating to transportation.
There are several ways to get to the bridge, I took exit 54 off of I-74 to Hwy150 East, south on Knox County Rd 12 to Knox County Rd 17 which crosses the bridge. Drive slow and enjoy the countryside around the bridge, it’s very pretty country.
– Ed Baumgarten