HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: The name refers to the three bridges crossing the Pequonnock River. The city was previously called Stratfield , then Newfield and finally the Borough of Bridgeport. The Indian name was Pequonnock, a name common to all cleared land.
HISTORY: Settled as early as the mid-17th century, when the General Assembly
commissioned the settlement of Pequonnock. Originally part of Stratford, it became
incorporated as a borough in 1800, making it the first borough in the state. It was
incorporated as a town in 1821.
EARLY OBIT: When Bridgeport's most famous resident and former mayor, Phineas
Taylor (P.T.) Barnum, wondered aloud what the papers would say about him when
he died, the New York Evening Sun obliged by running his obituary early. The headline
read "Great And Only Barnum: He Wanted To Read His Obituary; Here It Is." Barnum
died two weeks later.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Actors Richard Belzer, Brian Dennehy, Robert Mitchum,
Tony Musante, Kevin Nealon and John Ratzenberger; cartoonists Al Capp and Walt
Kelly; inventors Harvey Hubbell and Gustave Whitehead; musicians John Mayer and
Vinny Vincent; author Maureen Howard and Subway founder Fred DeLuca.
SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; Only in Bridgeport, An Illustrated history of the Park City (Grimaldi); bridgeportct.gov; Bridgeport.ct.wchoolwebpages.com; barnum-museum.org
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