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Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport is located in the southwest region of Connecticut and is the largest city in the U.S. State of Connecticut. Bridgeport has beaches and parks, but the biggest attraction is the Klein Memorial Auditorium. It is a performing arts theater.

To See And To Do In Bridgeport

  • Klein Memorial Auditorium
  • Barnum Museum
  • City Lights Gallery
  • Housatonic Museum of Art

History Of Bridgeport - Timeline

In 1639, the area was first settled. In 1644, more people came and settled in the area. The first recorded English settlement in Bridgeport was made in 1659 and was called Pequonnock. In 1760, wharves were built on Bridgeport Harbor. In 1775, the white settlers paid the Native Indians to leave, In 1776, the town was renamed to Newfield.

In 1800, the town was renamed to Bridgeport. In 1810, about 1,100 people lived in the town. In 1821, Bridgeport was incorporated as a town. In 1836, Bridgeport was chartered as a city. Bridgeport's growth accelerated after the opening of a railroad to the city in 1840. In 1842, the Bridgeport Savings Bank opened. (Today's People's United Bank). In 1848, Iranistan, the residence of P.T. Barnum, was built. In 1850, more than 7,500 people lived in the city. In 1854, Bridgeport City Hall was built.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln visited the city. In 1876, Central High School was established. In 1878, Bridgeport Hospital was founded. In 1880, the Bridgeport Public Library was established.

In 1888, the Fairfield County Courthouse was built. In 1893, the Barnum Museum building was completed. In 1895, the lighthouse "Tongue Point Light" was built. The city rapidly industrialized in the late-19th century and became a manufacturing center producing such goods as the famous Bridgeport milling machine, brass fittings, carriages, sewing machines, saddles, and ammunition.

In 1900, 71,000 people lived in the city. In 1903, the St. Vincent's Medical Center was founded. In 1927, the University of Bridgeport was founded. In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Bridgeport a couple of times. In 2001, the Webster Bank Arena opened.