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Bridgeport

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Bridgeport
State:
Connecticut
County:
Fairfield County
Probate District:
48
Year Established:
1694
Year Incorporated:
1821
Form of Government:
Mayor, City Council
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk:
45 Lyon Terrace, Rm 124
Bridgeport, CT 06604
M-F 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:00
Vital Statistics:
99 Broad ST, 1st Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604
M 9:00-6:45; T-F 9:00-4:30
Web Address:
www.bridgeportct.gov/

History Brief:
Roger Ludlow noted the possibilities of this area when he passed through during the Pequot War of 1636. Settlement began in 1639 and the area was known by its Indian name, Pequonnock until 1694 when the parish of Fairfield Village was established. In 1701 the name was changed by the General Court to Stratfield. The business section was known as New Pasture Point and officially named Newfield in 1777. The name, Bridgeport, arrived by a process of evolution because of three bridges crossing the river and because by 1800 the area had developed into a lively port. Bridgeport was chartered as a city in 1836. Its numerous parks, including Seaside Park and Beardsley Park, both designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, gave the city the nickname of Park City. Town Birth records begin 1847. Marriage records begin 1833. Death records begin 1847. Barbour collection records cover 1821-54.
   
Other City Names (4)
Name:Fairfield Village

Name:Newfield

Name:Pequonnock

Name:Stratfield
 
Settled From (2)
Town Name:Fairfield

Town Name:Stratford
 
Population (6)
Year:1830
Population:2800

Year:1850
Population:7560

Year:1900
Population:70996

Year:1950
Population:158709

Year:2000
Population:139529

Year:2010
Population:144229
 
Founding Families (6)
Surname:Beardsley

Surname:Booth

Surname:Burr

Surname:Hawley

Surname:Sumners

Surname:Wells
 
Cemeteries (6)
Name:Lakeview Cemetery
Location:885 Boston Avenue
Website:lakeview-cemetery.com/

Name:Mountain Grove Cemetery
Location:2675 North Avenue/215 Dewey Street
Website:mountaingrovecemetery.com/

Name:Park Cemetery
Location:620 Lindley Street

Name:Pequonnock/Old Stratfield Cemetery (historic)
Location:Briarwood Avenue

Name:St. Augustine Cemetery (historic)
Location:811 Arctic Street
Website:www.lynchonline.com/cemetery_bridgeport_st_augustine.php

Name:St. James Cemetery (historic)
Location:139 Grove Street
Website:www.lynchonline.com/cemetery_bridgeport_st_james.php
 
Churches (63)
Name:Apostolic Mission Church
Location:474 East Washington AV
Website:netministries.org/frames.asp?ch=ch30499&st=CT&name=APOSTOLIC%20MISSION%20CHURCH%20COOLJC%20IN

Name:Assembléia de Deus Ministério Visão Mundial
Location:855 Madison AV
Website:www.ministeriovisaomundial.com/index.html

Name:Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Location:110 Grove ST
Website:bamebridgeport.org/

Name:Bethel Baptist
Location:65 Crescent AV

Name:Bethel Memorial Deliverance Church
Location:1242 State Street
Website:www.BethelMemorialDeliveranceChurch.com/

Name:Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
Location:275 Union Avenue
Website:www.blessedsacramentrc.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=238

Name:Bridgeport Apostolic Church
Location:499 Washington AV
Website:www.bridgeportapostolicchurch.org/

Name:Brooklawn Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Location:250 Brooklawn AV
Website:www.brooklawn.org/

Name:Calvary New Testament Church of God
Location:1880 Barnum ST
Website:www.calvaryntcog.org/

Name:Calvary St. George's Episcopal Church
Location:755 Clinton AV
Website:calvarystgeorges.angelfire.com/

Name:Church of God
Location:594 Harral AV

Name:East End Baptist Tabernacle
Location:48 Central AV
Website:faithfamilyjesus.com/churchprofile.php?ChurchID=75319

Name:Ebenezer Gospel Assembly
Location:291 Bunnell ST
Website:www.egospelassembly.org/

Name:Ephraim French Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Location:1541 Iranistan AV
Website:ephraimfrench23.adventistchurchconnect.org/

Name:Faith Revival Center Church
Location:600 Hallett ST
Website:www.faithrevivalcenterchurch.org/churchhistory.htm

Name:First Assembly of God Church
Location:1287 Park AV

Name:First Baptist Church
Location:126 Washington AV

Name:First United Church of Christ
Location:717 Clinton AV

Name:Gethsemene Deliverance Church of Christ
Location:1589 Stratford AV
Website:cplministries.com/

Name:Golden Hill United Methodist Church
Location:210 Elm Street
Website:www.goldenhill.org/

Name:Good Shepherd Christian Church
Location:725 Hancock AV

Name:Gospel Light Community Church
Location:222 Charles ST
Website:gospellightcommunitychurch.com/glcc/

Name:Gospel Temple Community Holiness Church
Location:543 Fairfield AV
Website:www.angelfire.com/music2/gospeltemple/mainpage.html

Name:Greater Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Location:180 Boston AV
Website:gbcfonline.org/

Name:Greater Works Deliverance International Ministries
Location:1302-1304 Stratford AV
Website:www.greaterworksdeliveranceministries.org/

Name:Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church
Location:1510 East Main ST
Website:oca.org/parishes/OCA-NE-BDRHGC; holyghostbpt.org/

Name:Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
Location:355 East Washington AV
Website:www.thecatholicdirectory.com/directory.cfm?fuseaction=display_site_info&siteid=51678

Name:Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Location:4070 Park Avenue
Website:www.holytrinitybridgeport.org/

Name:House of God Community Church
Location:994 Stratford AV
Website:www.houseofgodcommunitychurch.org/

Name:House of Prayer and Deliverance
Location:73 Wallace CT

Name:Jesus Saves Ministries
Location:784 Connecticut AV
Website:www.jsmct.org/

Name:Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Location:1110 William ST

Name:Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Location:3536 Madison AV

Name:Messiah Baptist Church
Location:210 Congress ST
Website:www.mymessiahbaptist.com/

Name:Mount Aery Baptist Church
Location:73 Frank Street
Website:www.mtaerybaptist.org/index.html

Name:Mount Carmel Pentecostal Fellowship Church
Location:719 Connecticut AV

Name:Mount Sinai Pentecostal Church
Location:1888 Stratford AV

Name:New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Location:1100 Park AV
Website:faithfamilyjesus.com/churchprofile.php?ChurchID=75335

Name:North Park Baptist Church
Location:5200 Park AV
Website:www.northparkonline.com/

Name:Olivet Congregational Church UCC
Location:2102 Main ST
Website:olivetcc.org/

Name:Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Parish
Location:429 Huntington RD
Website:www.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=2611

Name:Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel
Location:163 Ortega AV
Website:www.thecatholicdirectory.com/directory.cfm?fuseaction=display_site_info&siteid=51674

Name:Pentecostal Church Fountain of Salvation
Location:837 Fairfield AV

Name:Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church
Location:255 Barnum Avenue
Website:pokrovact.net46.net/

Name:Redeemed Christian Church of God Dominion Chapel
Location:360 Granfield AV
Website:www.rccgconnecticut.org/

Name:Refuge Temple Church of God
Location:3050 Main ST

Name:Rehoboth Family Life Church of God in Christ
Location:72 Beardsley LN
Website:www.rehobothct.org/rfl_brpt/index.html

Name:Russell Temple C M E
Location:555 Connecticut AV

Name:SS Cyril & Methodius Parish
Location:79 Church ST
Website:www.parishesonline.com/Scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=2606

Name:Salem Lutheran Church
Location:3160 Park AV
Website:www.salembridgeport.org/

Name:Shiloh Baptist Church
Location:77 Broad ST
Website:faithfamilyjesus.com/churchprofile.php?ChurchID=75504

Name:St. Ambrose Parish
Location:1596 Boston AV

Name:St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church
Location:435 Anton ST
Website:www.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=237

Name:St. Ann Roman Catholic Church
Location:481 Brewster ST
Website:stannblackrock.com/

Name:St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Location:391 Ogden Street
Website:www.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=239

Name:St. George Catholic Church
Location:443 Park AV

Name:St. John's Episcopal Church
Location:768 Fairfield AV
Website:www.saintjohnbridgeport.org/

Name:St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
Location:25 Sherman ST
Website:stmarychurchbridgeport.com/

Name:St. Mary's Protection Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Location:10 Oakwood ST
Website:stmarysprotection.org/

Name:St. Michael the Archangel Parish
Location:310 Pulaski ST
Website:www.smaparish.com/wordpress/

Name:St. Patrick Church
Location:851 North AV
Website:www.saintpatrickbridgeport.com/

Name:St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
Location:165 Logan ST

Name:United Congregational Church UCC
Location:877 Park AV
Website:uccbridgeport.org/
 
Monuments (2)
Name:Pro Patria
Description:5 foot high granite stele with large bronze plate affixed, erected by the Grand Army of the Republic
Location:Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Avenue
Type:Military
Dedication Date:1906
Artist/Sculptor:Paul W. Morris

Name:Soldiers Monument
Description:a 54 foot high structure of Maine granite with two bronze figures, a soldier and a sailor in bronze, at the base; and surmounted by a bronze classical female figure representing the American Republic, and holding aloft a laurel wreath.
Location:Memorial Drive, Seaside Park
Type:Military
Dedication Date:08/17/1876
Artist/Sculptor:Melzar H. Mosman
 
Communities (11)
Name:Black Rock

Name:Boston Avenue

Name:Brooklawn

Name:Downtown

Name:East End

Name:East Side

Name:Madison

Name:Mill Hill

Name:North Bridgeport

Name:South End

Name:West Side
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:Black Rock Historic District (harbor was the biggest in CT at one time)
 
Notable Citizens (5)
Name:Al Capp (cartoonist)
Type:Historic

Name:Edwin H. Land (inventor)
Type:Historic

Name:Fanny Crosby (composer)
Type:Historic

Name:Phineas T. Barnum
Type:Historic

Name:Walt Kelly (cartoonist)
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (2)
Name:Connecticut Post
Type:Contemporary
Location:410 State ST, Bridgeport
Website:www.ctpost.com/

Name:The Bridgeport News
Type:Contemporary
Location:1000 Bridgeport AV, Shelton
Website:www.thebridgeportnews.com/
 
Schools (34)
Name:A.B. Skane School
Type:Other
Location:2977 Madison AV
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=354

Name:Barnum School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:495 Waterview Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=183

Name:Bassick High School
Type:High School
Location:1181 Fairfield Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=350

Name:Beardsley School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:500 Huntington Road
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=339

Name:Black Rock School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:545 Brewster Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=190

Name:Bridgeport Central High School
Type:High School
Location:1 Lincoln Boulevard
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=351

Name:Bryant School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:230 Poplar Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=191

Name:Cesar A. Batalla School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:606 Howard Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=8

Name:Classical Studies Academy (Maplewood)
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:240 Linwood Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=345

Name:Columbus School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:275 George Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/schoolhistory.php?sectionid=189

Name:Edison School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:115 Boston Terrace
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=184

Name:Florence E. Blackham School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:425 Thorme Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2

Name:Geraldine W. Johnson School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:475 Lexington Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=348

Name:Hall School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:290 Clermont Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3

Name:Hallen School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:68 Omega Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=342

Name:High Horizons Magnet School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:700 Palisade Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=188&url

Name:Housatonic Community College
Type:College
Location:900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT, 06604
Website:www.hctc.commnet.edu

Name:Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:4510 Park Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=185

Name:James J. Curiale School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:300 Laurel Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=340

Name:Jettie S. Tisdale School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:250 Hollister AV
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=6

Name:John Winthrop School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:85 Eckart ST
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectiondetailid=1469

Name:Luis Munoz Marin School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:479 Helen Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=186

Name:Madison School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:376 Wayne Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=5

Name:Multicultural Magnet School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:700 Palisade Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=7&url_r

Name:Park City Academy
Type:Other
Location:445 Union AV, 2nd Floor
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=49500

Name:Park City Magnet School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1526 Chopsey Hill Road
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=9

Name:Paul Lawrence Dunbar School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:445 Union Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=341

Name:Read School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:130 Ezra Street
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=347

Name:Roosevelt School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:160 Iranistan AV
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=192

Name:Thomas Hooker School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:138 Roger Williams Road
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=343

Name:University of Bridgeport
Type:University
Location:126 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604

Name:Warren Harding High School
Type:High School
Location:1734 Central Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/layout/default.php?sectionid=352&url_re

Name:Wilbur L. Cross School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1775 Reservoir Avenue
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=11

Name:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=10
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:150 Hallett ST
Website:bridgeport.ct.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=10
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Burroughs-Saden Main Library, Bridgeport Public Library
Type:Current
Location:925 Broad Street Bpt., CT 06604
Website:bportlibrary.org/
 
Published Histories (3)
Name:Only In Bridgeport - An illustrated history of the Park City (2nd Edition)
Author:Lennie Grimaldi
Date Published:1993
Publisher:Harbor Publishing (Bridgeport CT)
Description:In Only in Bridgeport: An Illustrated HIstory of the Park City, author Lennie Grimaldi's fascinating and informed narrative, beautifully illustrated with 150 historical photographs and twenty-four pages of color photography gathered by picture researcher Neil Swanson, the story of an exciting ethnic city emerges. Grimaldi weaves the tale of this city's crucial role in the world's first fitted corset.

Bridgeport's role as the industrial and armament center of the nation grew from its growing emergence as a magnet city for the immigrating disillusioned from the far side of the world. These people added immeasurably to Bridgeport's mind an dmuscle as the brass, machine tool, and electrical industries took hold in the mid-nineteenth century. Grimaldi's colorful text and Swanson's memorable collection of images detail a more recent struggle between politicians, police, and organized crime, an dhighlight a heartening success story as townspeople feverishly worked to rebuild a burned facility in time for a Christmas celebration for the city's impoverished children.

Name:The Story of Bridgeport
Author:Danenberg, Elsie Nicholas
Date Published:1936
Publisher:The Bridgeport Centennial, Inc
Description:from 1836 to 1936, published on the 100th anniversary of the City Charter

Name:Two Hundred Fifty Years
Author:Curtiss, Lucy S.
Date Published:1945
Publisher:The United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, Inc.
Description:The story of the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport 1695-1945.
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Bridgeport Library Genealogy Center
Website Address:bportlibrary.org/hc/genealogy/
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Mary Witkowski
Contact Data:95 Pierce Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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