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In 1860, John Butterfield rerouted his famous stage line over the west fork of the Trinity River, and soon a small community sprang up along the banks near the new toll bridge. The settlement became known as Bridgeport, and its pioneers found themselves in the middle of both Texas and American history. Since then, Bridgeport's contributions to history have been achieved through the area's land, as well as the rich oil that flowed beneath the rugged, cactus-dotted country. Recognizing the importance of the earth and what lay below took the skill of entrepreneurs and the hard work of many people. The cast of pioneer characters included a young, well-educated New Yorker seeking adventure in the new republic, a stern but generous engineer from Pennsylvania, and a billionaire wildcatter from Houston. Not forgotten are the stories of immigrants from all over the world whose lives have enriched Bridgeport's historic past. Today Bridgeport continues to utilize natural resources while developing its local heritage and ecotourism sites.
ISBN: 9780738584614
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Ken Sprecher is a retired law enforcement officer and works alongside his wife as the vice president of the Bridgeport Historical Society, whose goal is to preserve the history of Bridgeport for many generations to come. The images featured in Bridgeport were obtained from the Bridgeport Heritage Museum and private collections.
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