Early in 2017, the State of Illinois declared Long Grove's Buffalo Creek Bridge, commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, to be historically significant and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. On June 11, 2018 the National Park Service added the bridge to the National Register of Historic Places. This is the nation's list of propterties that have been vetted for historic importance and integrity and judged to be worthy of preservation. The 1906 structure is one of only three of its type remaining in the Chicago area, and one of only a couple of dozen left in the state.
Long Grove's most historic and beloved treasure is at risk of demolition. A new, much taller, much wider two lane bridge is being considered. While this is a much more expensive bridge, it would cost the Long Grove Village Board less than restoration, since the Federal Goverment would pay for part of a new, higher traffic bridge. Not only is our historic icon at risk, but the impact of higher speed, non-stop car and heavy truck traffic through the downtown threatens the quaint historic atmosphere that makes Long Grove so special. Unfortunatley, being officially listed as historic does not prevent the property owner (the Long Grove Village Board, in this case) from demolishing the bridge.
To help offset the additional funds needed to keep the historic bridge, and to materially demonstrate to the Village Board the desire of the community to SAVE THE BRIDGE, the Long Grove Historical Society has established a Covered Bridge Fund. As of August 15th, 2017, we've collected $46,000 in pledges and donations towards our overall goal of $100,000. We hope to raise ten percent of our goal via GoFundMe, which we launched in late August, 2017.