Bernadotte

Bernadotte Historic BridgeBernadotte Historic BridgeNestled on the banks of the Spoon River in the middle of Fulton County, Bernadotte is a favorite stop on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, attracting large numbers of vendors and visitors during the two Fall Festival weekends. Bernadotte was the once the site of a mill dam. The present dam, visible from the public park near the café, was built as part of the water system for WWII era Camp Ellis, whose construction leveled the original town.

The pools and riffles below the dam make this a popular fishing spot. A special treat in summer is the large number of hummingbirds visible from the café and at nearby Hummingbird Haven, a private property which hosts bird-banding and educational events each year. The public park offers a pavilion and playground equipment.

Travel services in Bernadotte consist only of the café.

In 2008, Bernadotte’s Iron Bridge was designated one of the state’s “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” by Landmarks Illinois. Efforts are underway to save the historic dam and bridge, and donations can be sent to the Bernadotte Historical Society, PO Box 314, Ipava, IL 61441 (309-338-4449).

 

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