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Long Grove bridge’s status on National Register of Historic Places ensures its future, officials say

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

Friday, June 15th, 2018

      PRESS RELEASE                                        June 15, 2018



Angie Underwood, President, Long Grove Historical Society

Ryan Messner,Vice-President, Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association
Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced today that the Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, is being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the first property in Long Grove to receive this prestigious designation.

Originally constructed in 1906 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company, the bridge is one of only two remaining of its kind in the greater Chicagoland area. Grass roots efforts for historic preservation and national recognition were rekindled early in 2017 when some local officials questioned the historic value of the one-lane bridge and favored a plan that would require removal of the current structure and increase truck and auto traffic through the pedestrian friendly downtown. In April of 2017, Landmarks Illinois, named the bridge to their annual “List of Endangered Historic Places.” A petition urging local officials to save the historic bridge gathered over 4,900 signatures/testimonials and a fund-raising campaign has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and pledges. Despite these efforts, local officials remain undecided on a long term course of action to restore or replace the bridge.

“For many years, the Long Grove Historical Society has been at the forefront of efforts to receive this designation, and we are thrilled to hear the news. Achieving National Register status confirms our belief in the bridge’s historical value as well as the sentimental value we know it holds for our community. This is a source of pride for all of Long Grove and we will continue to advocate for the preservation of our beloved covered bridge,” noted Historical Society President Angie Underwood.

Ryan Messner, Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association added, “It’s our icon and our brand. For decades, Long Grove was a destination, and now the general feeling is that with the recent new business openings we’ve turned the corner and are solidly on our way back. It’d be foolish to destroy this treasure that has now been recognized with national historical status, and open up the quaint downtown to cut through traffic.”

An impromptu public celebration will be held in the coming weeks. Please check the Long Grove Historical Society website at for updated details. More information about the bridge and the efforts to save it can be found online at


Moving forward to achieve national historic status for the bridge

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Historic Downtown Long Grove President Ryan Messner, Andrew Heckencamp from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Aaron Underwood, from the Long Grove Historical Society working together today reviewing the bridge application for National Historic Register.

Save the Bridge – Historic Status

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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