The early Massachusetts settlers’ influence is reflected in Princeton’s picturesque architecture, stately homes, and comfortable tree-lined streets. Historically, many Princeton homes were part of the underground railroad which gave shelter to many runaway slaves before the Civil War.
Camp Bureau , A Civil War training facility, was established in 1861 on the county's fair grounds at Princeton, Bureau County. The camp was in use at least through 1862 primarily for infantry troops
Princeton, Illinoisoffers a unique shopping experience along its 2.5 miles of downtown streets. Shops range from clothing, furniture and jewelry stores, to craft emporiums and specialty shops. Princeton is best known however, for it’s antiquing, and visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the selection of antique malls and quaint shops.
Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Princeton, operating the California Zephyr, the Illinois Zephyr, and the Southwest Chief each daily in both directions between Chicago and points west.
In Courthouse Square is a monument originally dedicated to Civil War Veterans of Bureau County. Today it is rededicated to all Bureau County veterans. Built in 1913 at a cost of $25,000, it is made of granite and bronze. It stands 50 feet high and is topped by the winged victory statue.
1 1/2 miles north of Princeton on Rt. 26 is one of five remaining covered bridges in Illinois, this bridge was built in 1863 and is still open to traffic. It crosses Big Bureau Creek and was once part of the Peoria-Galena Trail. This beautiful landmark is a delight for artists, photographers and nature lovers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Near the Red Covered Bridge the Warnecke Wood Springs Wildflower Walk is held. Guides take participants into the woods for conservation study and nature enjoyment. The Bureau Co. Natural Area Guardians also sell prairie plants, both mesic and dry mesic varieties.
Bureau County Courthouse
700 S. Main Street
Princeton, Il. 61356-2048