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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/



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.

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Engine No. 5, Bridgeport Fire Department

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

Bridgeport Hospital

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Main Street, Looking North

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State Street, Looking West

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Bridgeport Horse Auction

The Bridgeport Telegram
Bridgeport, Connecticut
June 27, 1918

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

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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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