Bridgeport is on State Highway 114 eight miles west of Decatur and two miles east of Lake Bridgeport in western Wise County. It originated in February 1860 when a group organized by William H. Hunt secured a charter from the West Fork Bridge Company to build a bridge across the West Fork of the Trinity River. The bridge was to be part of the Butterfield Overland Mail route. Pierce Woodward suggested the name. A year later, however, the Civil War began, the mail route was abandoned, and the wooden bridge collapsed. Bridgeport remained a small, rural community until 1873, when a new iron bridge was constructed for transporting supplies from Decatur to Fort Richardson. In May of that year a post office was established. In the 1880s coal was discovered near the town, and for the next forty years the Wise County Coal Company was one of the state's chief producers of bituminous coal. Competition from oil and gas forced the coal mines to close in 1929.
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Bridgeport by the Numbers
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|7,092||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,976||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,309||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,581||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,737||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,614||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,218||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,049||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,735||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,464||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,872||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,000||1910||Texas Demographic Center|
|900||1900||Texas Demographic Center|
|498||1890||Texas Demographic Center|