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Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

"Bridgeport, a city and seaport of Fairfield county, Connecticut, is -situated on an arm of Long Island sound, at the mouth of Pequannock river. By railroad it is 18 miles W. S. W. from New Haven ; 58 miles N. E. from New York ; 54 miles S. W. from Hart ford ; 178 miles S. W. from Boston. Lat. 41° 10' 30" N.; Ion. 73° 11' 46" W. The city, which is handsomely laid out and beautifully adorned with shade-trees, is built chiefly on a plain elevated some 10 or 12 feet above high- water mark. About half or three-quarters of a mile N. W. of the harbor, there is a sudden ascent of nearly 50 feet, forming a terrace or small table-land about half a mile square. This height, which affords a splendid view of the city and sound, is occupied by a number of elegant private mansions. Iranistan, the residence of P. T. Barnum, Esq., is about 1 1/ 2 mile W. of this place. It is modelled after an Eastern palace, having skylight domes and minarets, and is surrounded with spacious grounds, beautifully adorned with flower-gardens, fountains, statuary, graded walks, and shrubbery. Bridgeport has a large coasting trade, and a number of vessels engaged in the whale fisheries. The manufactures are extensive, particularly of carriages. It contains 4 banks. 2 or 3 newspaper offices, a number of hotels, and 10 or 12 churches. The Housatonic and the Naugatuc railroads both terminate in this place. It is also on the line of thee New York and New Haven railroad. A steamboat plies daily between Bridgeport and New York. The harbor is safe, but does not admit vessels of the largest size, there being but 13 feet of water on the bar at high tide. The township, embracing about 10 square miles, was separated from Stratford in 1821, and incorporated in 1830. Population of the township in 1840, 4570; 1850, 7560."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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  • 1821 - Settled in the mid-17th century as part of the township of Stratford, Bridgeport incorporated as a town in 1821.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/

  • 1836 - Bridgeport, CT incorporated as a city

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/

  • 1840 - (Bridgeport, CT) - When the railroad opened in 1840, the city became a booming industrial center and produced everything from sewing machines to ammunition.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/

  • 1854 - Bridgeport
    Bridgeport, a city and seaport of Fairfield county, Connecticut, is -situated on an arm of Long Island sound, at the mouth of Pequannock river. By...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    BRIDGEPORT, a city and township of Fairfield co., in the state of Connecticut, U.S., at the entrance of the Pequanock into Long Island sound, 75 m....Read MORE...


  • 1865 - November 13 - PT Barnum's New American museum opens in Bridgeport

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  • News 1866 - A Bridgeport (Ct.) man has invented a horse-car for hot weather, in which the seats run crosswise, and which has doors at the sides. It will carry sixty passengers.

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    Lowell Daily Citizen and News
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    June 25, 1866

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Scenes in Bridgeport, Stratford and Milford.
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • News 1876 - A CONNECTICUT HURRICANE
    NEW-HAVEN, Sept. 15. - A tornado cut a swath through the northern part of the City of Bridgeport about midnight on Thursday. It unroofed several...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - August 26 — Competing circus owners P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey sign a contract in Bridgeport, Connecticut to create the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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    August 26, 1880

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Patterson Organ
    manufactured by James T. Patterson
    Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Metallic Band Sleigh Bells
    Manufactured by F. Armstrong, Bridgeport, Conn.
    1880s
  • News 1887 - BARNUM'S CIRCUS BURNED.
    THE GREAT SHOW'S WINTER QUARTERS AT BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FURNISHES HIGH CARNIVAL FOR THE FIRE FIEND - MANY VALUABLE ANIMALS AMONG THEM THE SACRED WHITE ...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - No Longer a Showman. Barnum Turns Over His Interests and Retires to Private Life.
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Nov. 27. - P. T. Barnum, the showman, is a thing of the past. He has settled up his business, and announced that he had turned his ...Read MORE...


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    Engine No. 5, Bridgeport Fire Department
  • 1895 - Bridgeport
    Bridgeport, a city, seaport, and one of the capitals of Fairfield co., Conn., is on a small inlet of Long Island Sound, at the mouth of Pequonnock...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - BRIDGEPORT'S BOY HERO. Robert Germain, Aged 10, Saved His Little Sister's Life.
    Bridgeport, Aug., 20 - Rena Germain of Whiting Street, is at the Bridgeport hospital suffering from probably fatal burns. She is only five years old...Read MORE...


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    Bird's Eye View of Main Street, looking North, Bridgeport, Conn.
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    U.S. Post Office. Bridgeport, Conn.
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    Fairfield Ave. Looking West from Park Ave.
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    Main Street, Steeplechase Island
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    Bridgeport Hospital
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    Main Street, Looking North
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    State Street, Looking West
  • News 1905 - July 29 - Heavy rain in southwestern Connecticut caused a dam break, and the resulting flood caused a quarter of a million dollars damage at Bridgeport. As much as eleven inches of rain fell prior to the flood.

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    July 29, 1905

  • News 1905 - THE DROWNING OF CONNECTICUT GIRL - Occurs Under Very Peculiar Circumstances
    Bridgeport, Conn., July 30. - A drowning marked with peculiar circumstances occurred late yesterday at Seaside park. The victim was Miss Lillian...Read MORE...


  • News 1906 - BY FLAMES AND EXPLOSIONS, FIVE HUNDRED SHIRT FACTORY GIRLS IN PERIL.
    Unsuccessful Attempt to Burn the Boy's Hall of the Louisana Industrial School.

    Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 28. - Five minutes after some 500 factory...Read MORE...


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    Bridgeport Harbor, 1906
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Armory, 1907
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    Col. Hart's Residence, 1909
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Fire Dep't Chief Mooney's Auto, 1909
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    Hotel Stratfield
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Noble Avenue, North from Putnam Avenue
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    N.Y. N.H. & H. R.R. Station
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    Sacred Heart School
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    South Congregational Church
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    Union Met. Co's "Shot Tower." Height 167 Feet
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    University School
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    Y.W.C.A.
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    Mohawk Yacht club and Harbor, 1912
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    Barnum Institute of Science and History
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    First Baptist Church, 1915
  • 1916
    Bridgeport, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Fairfield Co., Conn., is on a small inlet of Long Island Sound, at the mouth of the...Read MORE...


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    St. John's Church, 1917
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    Union Metallic Cartridge Shop, 1917
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    1918 advertisement

    Bridgeport Horse Auction

    The Bridgeport Telegram
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
    June 27, 1918
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Seaside Park
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Main St., North from Golden Hill St. featuring F.W. Woolworth Co.

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    Band Stand, Washington Park, 1922
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    Central High School
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    Remington Arums, U.M.C.
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    St. Augustine's R.C. Church
  • 1927 - University of Bridgeport founded.

    Timeline of Connecticut History

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    Bassick Junior High School
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Public Library
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    P. T. Barnum Monument, Seaside Park
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Hotel Barnum
  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...Officials of the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Steamboat company had grave fears for the fate of the "Park City." It had been reported missing...Read MORE...


  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    Fairfield Avenue, Looking West
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
    United Congregational Church
  • News 1946 - February 16 - 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct

    historyorb.com
    February 16, 1946

  • 1949 - December 29 - 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)

    historyorb.com



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Scenes in Bridgeport, Stratford and Milford.
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Patterson Organ
manufactured by James T. Patterson
Bridgeport, Conn.

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Metallic Band Sleigh Bells
Manufactured by F. Armstrong, Bridgeport, Conn.
1880s

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Engine No. 5, Bridgeport Fire Department

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Bird's Eye View of Main Street, looking North, Bridgeport, Conn.

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U.S. Post Office. Bridgeport, Conn.

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Bridgeport Hospital

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Main Street, Looking North

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Fairfield Ave. Looking West from Park Ave.

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Main Street, Steeplechase Island

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Bridgeport Harbor, 1906

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Armory, 1907

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Hotel Stratfield

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Mohawk Yacht club and Harbor, 1912

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1918 advertisement

Bridgeport Horse Auction

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June 27, 1918

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Seaside Park

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Main St., North from Golden Hill St. featuring F.W. Woolworth Co.

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P. T. Barnum Monument, Seaside Park

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Fairfield Avenue, Looking West

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  • 1821 - Settled in the mid-17th century as part of the township of Stratford, Bridgeport incorporated as a town in 1821.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/
  • 1836 - Bridgeport, CT incorporated as a city

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/
  • 1840 - (Bridgeport, CT) - When the railroad opened in 1840, the city became a booming industrial center and produced everything from sewing machines to ammunition.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ bridgeport/
  • 1854 - Bridgeport
    Bridgeport, a city and seaport of Fairfield county, Connecticut, is -situated on an arm of Long Island sound, at the mouth of Pequannock river. By... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    BRIDGEPORT, a city and township of Fairfield co., in the state of Connecticut, U.S., at the entrance of the Pequanock into Long Island sound, 75 m.... Read MORE...

  • 1865 - November 13 - PT Barnum's New American museum opens in Bridgeport

    historyorb.com
  • News  1866 - A Bridgeport (Ct.) man has invented a horse-car for hot weather, in which the seats run crosswise, and which has doors at the sides. It will carry sixty passengers.

    genealogybank.com
    Lowell Daily Citizen and News
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    June 25, 1866
  • News  1876 - A CONNECTICUT HURRICANE
    NEW-HAVEN, Sept. 15. - A tornado cut a swath through the northern part of the City of Bridgeport about midnight on Thursday. It unroofed several... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - August 26 — Competing circus owners P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey sign a contract in Bridgeport, Connecticut to create the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 26, 1880
  • News  1887 - BARNUM'S CIRCUS BURNED.
    THE GREAT SHOW'S WINTER QUARTERS AT BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FURNISHES HIGH CARNIVAL FOR THE FIRE FIEND - MANY VALUABLE ANIMALS AMONG THEM THE SACRED WHITE ... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - No Longer a Showman. Barnum Turns Over His Interests and Retires to Private Life.
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Nov. 27. - P. T. Barnum, the showman, is a thing of the past. He has settled up his business, and announced that he had turned his ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Bridgeport
    Bridgeport, a city, seaport, and one of the capitals of Fairfield co., Conn., is on a small inlet of Long Island Sound, at the mouth of Pequonnock... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - BRIDGEPORT'S BOY HERO. Robert Germain, Aged 10, Saved His Little Sister's Life.
    Bridgeport, Aug., 20 - Rena Germain of Whiting Street, is at the Bridgeport hospital suffering from probably fatal burns. She is only five years old... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - THE DROWNING OF CONNECTICUT GIRL - Occurs Under Very Peculiar Circumstances
    Bridgeport, Conn., July 30. - A drowning marked with peculiar circumstances occurred late yesterday at Seaside park. The victim was Miss Lillian... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - July 29 - Heavy rain in southwestern Connecticut caused a dam break, and the resulting flood caused a quarter of a million dollars damage at Bridgeport. As much as eleven inches of rain fell prior to the flood.

    WeatherForYou.com
    July 29, 1905
  • News  1906 - BY FLAMES AND EXPLOSIONS, FIVE HUNDRED SHIRT FACTORY GIRLS IN PERIL.
    Unsuccessful Attempt to Burn the Boy's Hall of the Louisana Industrial School.

    Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 28. - Five minutes after some 500 factory... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Bridgeport, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Fairfield Co., Conn., is on a small inlet of Long Island Sound, at the mouth of the... Read MORE...

  • 1927 - University of Bridgeport founded.

    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...Officials of the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Steamboat company had grave fears for the fate of the "Park City." It had been reported missing... Read MORE...

  • News  1946 - February 16 - 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport Ct

    historyorb.com
    February 16, 1946
  • 1949 - December 29 - 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)

    historyorb.com

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Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Southport City Directory - 1913 (CT)

Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Southport Directory - 1916

The Bridgeport City Directory including Stratford, Fairfield, and Southport of 1918

Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Southport Directory 1921

Bridgeport City Directory Including Stratford, Fairfield, and Southport 1923

Bridgeport Stratford Fairfield and Southport Directory 1925

Bridgeport 1927 Directory

Bridgeport Connecticut 1929 Directory

Bridgeport Connecticut 1931 Directory

1953 Bridgeport, Connecticut Directory

Bridgeport City Directory including Stratford, Fairfield and Southport. 1895.

1907 Bridgeport Connecticut City Directory

Bridgeport City Directory Including Stratford Fairfield and Southport 1908

Bridgeport City Directory Including Stratford Fairfield and Southport 1910


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