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
, it became incorporated as a borough in 1800, making it the first borough in the state. It was incorporated as a town in 1821.
INDUSTRY: Bridgeport's access to navigable waters and the presence of the railroad made it a manufacturing center. Producing goods ranging from sewing machines to corsets, saddles and ammunition, the city was home to more than 500 factories by the 1930s.
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
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
, Tony Musante, Kevin Nealon and
; 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.