I was driving home from Peoria last Sunday, and decided to take a short side trip… Just south of Springfield, IL, the interstate (I-55 runs more or less parallel to old Rt. 66. I decided to dump over to the “mother road” at Chatham, only to discover that it simply ran right beside the interstate. Exact same view, but slower. BUT!!! As I was looking for the next opportunity to get back on the highway, I saw one of those wonderful brown signs, the ones that mark parks and other (sometimes) interesting spots. This one simply said “Covered Bridge”, and pointed down an uninteresting looking road. After a few miles, and sev eral turns, I came across Pioneer Park, and Sugar Creek Covered Bridge. Sort of in the middle of nowhere, a nice little glade, with a small creek and a covered bridge. Nothing dramatic, but a nice little break. I didn’t see another person the whole time I was there. A patina covered marker, with a few bullet holes, stated:
In memory of the first settlers of Sangamon County. Site of the first settler’s home. Built by Robert Pulltam, October 20, 1817. 200 yards north of here
I didn’t see any remnants of the home, but didn’t look too hard. Some internet research on the bridge revealed that it was built in 1880, and refurbished in 1965.