Bridgeport

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.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Yes

Place type

Bridgeport is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.21455040
    Longitude
    -97.76212400

Has Post Office

Yes

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Population Counts

Bridgeport
Pop. Year Source
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