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. The 1906 structure is one of only three of its type remaining in the Chicago area, and one of only a few 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.
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. Donations via this Go Fund Me account will go to this Fund. The monies in this Fund will be given to the Village of Long Grove for use in restoring “Buffalo Creek Bridge,” more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge. In the event that the Village of Long Grove decides not to restore the bridge in a manner which the Historical Society, in its sole discretion, deems consistent with the bridge’s current design, scale, and function, then the money raised from Go Fund Me will be used by the Long Grove Historical Society to maintain it's historic properties in Long Grove.
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.
For more information on the bridge, it's history, and it's current status, visit the Long Grove Historical Society's website at http://LongGroveHistory.org