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Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA? 

Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Bridgeport is a thriving multicultural city located right on the water of Long Island Sound in the southern part of Connecticut. Our great location and proximity to other cities such as New York and Boston make Bridgeport a wonderful city to live, work, and visit.

Home of American icons such as PT Barnum and Tom Thumb, Bridgeport’s rich history of providing the rest of the United States with needed manufactured goods during the early- to mid-20th Century earned it the name “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II.

Bridgeport is also often referred to as the "Park City" because it possesses such beautifully designed public parks. Our Seaside Park and Beardsley Park were both created by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who famously designed Central Park.ci.bridgeport.ct.us/


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

Scenes in Bridgeport, Stratford and Milford.
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Patterson Organ
manufactured by James T. Patterson
Bridgeport, Conn.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Patterson Organ
manufactured by James T. Patterson
Bridgeport, Conn.
  
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Engine No. 5, Bridgeport Fire Department
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Engine No. 5, Bridgeport Fire Department
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Bird's Eye View of Main Street, looking North, Bridgeport, Conn.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Bird's Eye View of Main Street, looking North, Bridgeport, Conn.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - U.S. Post Office. Bridgeport, Conn.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

U.S. Post Office. Bridgeport, Conn.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Main Street, Looking North
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Main Street, Looking North
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - State Street, Looking West
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

State Street, Looking West
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 1918  advertisement

Bridgeport Horse Auction

The Bridgeport Telegram
Bridgeport, Connecticut
June 27, 1918
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

1918 advertisement

Bridgeport Horse Auction

The Bridgeport Telegram
Bridgeport, Connecticut
June 27, 1918
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - Public Library
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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.

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1836 - Bridgeport, CT incorporated as a city

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

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1859
BRIDGEPORT, a city and township of Fairfield co., in the state of Connecticut, U.S., at the...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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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...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
News  1887 - BARNUM'S CIRCUS BURNED.
THE GREAT SHOW'S WINTER QUARTERS AT BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FURNISHES HIGH CARNIVAL FOR THE FIRE FIEND - ...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...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 ...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 ...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.

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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.

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1916
Bridgeport, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Fairfield Co., Conn., is on a small...Read MORE...

1927 - University of Bridgeport founded.

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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 ...Read MORE...

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

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

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Bennett
 flag  George Hoxsie BENNETT (12 April 1876, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 7 January 1915, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA (Watch Hill)) gravestone

Crouss
flag  George Bernhard CROUSS (28 April 1860, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 12 December 1864, Agawam, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Cyrus
flag  Carolyn Louise CYRUS (26 February 1921, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 19 July 1992, Springfield, Vermont, USA) gravestone
 World War I Soldier flag  Charles William CYRUS (19 August 1893, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 3 February 1951, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Duquette
flag  Marion Gladys DUQUETTE (18 March 1934, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 16 September 2009, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA)

Feige
World War II Soldier flag  John Henry FEIGE (5 July 1921, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 25 August 1992, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
World War II Soldier flag  William Edward FEIGE (4 May 1920, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 21 March 1996, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

Norton
flag  Ethel R NORTON (3 April 1904, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 21 March 1994, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA ) gravestone

Richardson
flag  Elsie Amelia RICHARDSON (23 February 1916, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 30 September 1976, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Arnold
flag  George W. ARNOLD (1835, , New York, USA - 16 March 1889, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Barnum
 flag  Phineas Taylor (P.T.) BARNUM (5 July 1810, Bethel, Connecticut, USA - 7 April 1891, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Brouard
immigrant - Canada to US   Dalila BROUARD (April 4, 1872, Beaumont, Québec, Canada (St-Étienne-de-Beaumont) or St.Henri - December 30, 1953, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Burgdof
flag  Lydia BURGDOF (1846, , New York, USA - 25 January 1873, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Carver
immigrant flag  George W CARVER (abt. May, 1835, Sussex, England - 1900, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Collins
immigrant flag  Mary A COLLINS (abt. May, 1851, Sussex, England - , Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Cyrus
 immigrant flag  Karl (Karil) Oscar CYRUS (23 January 1867, , Sweden - 7 April 1955, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Feige
flag  Edward Evylyn FEIGE (12 September 1890, Auburn, New York, USA - 17 November 1938, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

FEIGE
World War II Soldier flag  John Henry FEIGE (5 July 1921, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 25 August 1992, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Frauenthal
immigrant flag  Joseph Victor James FRAUENTHAL (11/16/1846, Rouen, France - 3/6/1888, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Gimlich
 flag  Matlida "Tillie" Louise GIMLICH (8 May 1872, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 15 August 1939, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Hawley
  Ezra HAWLEY (1712, - 27 April 1773, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Hubbell
immigrant flag  Richard HUBBELL (abt. 22 January 1626, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England - 23 October 1699, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Labrecque
immigrant - Canada to US   Francois LABRECQUE (July 24, 1873, Beaumont, Québec, Canada (Saint-Étienne-de-Beaumont) - November 5, 1914, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
  Joseph LABRECQUE (1894, - 1981, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Melia
flag  Catherine E MELIA (29 August 1894, Brooklyn, New York, USA (Flatlands) (Flatbush) - 22 January 1977, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Pearson
World War II Soldier flag  Jerome Bruce PEARSON (04/07/1909, Rockford, Illinois, USA - 12/6/1969, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

RICHARDSON
flag  Elsie Amelia RICHARDSON (23 February 1916, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - 30 September 1976, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Smith
flag  Julia SMITH (1812, Dalton, Massachusetts, USA - 6 May 1873, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Tatro
flag  Hattie TATRO (22 December 1883, Waterbury, Vermont, USA - 24 May 1966, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Vincent
flag  Joseph H VINCENT (27 November 1901, Gardner, Massachusetts, USA - 6 September 2000, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)

Wight
flag  George W. WIGHT (1834, , New York, USA - 3 April 1888, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1919
Charles William CYRUS (19 August 1893 - 3 February 1951) & Alice WINDSOR (5 July 1896 - 19 May 1993)
married 20 September 1919

1950
Keith Franklyn BROWN (24 September 1919 - 10 August 1967) & Carolyn Louise CYRUS (26 February 1921 - 19 July 1992)
married 24 June 1950
 

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