Bridgeport, CT

Bridgeport, CT

Bridgeport, the most populous city in Connecticut, was first settled in 1659 but not chartered as a town until 1856. Shipbuilding and whaling in the mid-19th century were made possible by the deep Black Rock Harbor.

The first bridge across the Pequannock River was financed by a lottery in 1800 and the town became known as Bridgeport. Shortly afterward, P.T. Barnum, founder of the “Greatest Show on Earth,” was drawn to the area because of its rapid growth. The Barnum Museum at 820 Main St. (203-331-1104) is dedicated to the life and times of P.T. Barnum and Bridgeport’s industrial heritage.

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