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The Day Lincoln came to Town

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On March 10, 1860, it was Saturday night and Lincoln was scheduled to give his talk downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, in Washington Hall, the lecture room in the Fairfield County Courthouse, which is now known as McLevy Hall. According to a small notice in the newspaper, Lincoln’s speech would “commence precisely at 7 o’clock, as he […] [Read More]
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Federal Express Train Crash July 11, 1911

Bridgeport Federal Express Train wreck, 1911

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On July 11, 1911 the Federal Express Train wreck, one of the worst railroad wrecks in Bridgeport’s history occurred around 3:15 that summer morning.  On board was the St. Louis Cardinals National baseball team, as well as many other passengers. The train, which had been running late, was run by a crew trying to make […] [Read More]
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Gustave Whitehead

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We Believe! The recent article written in Jane’s All the World Aircraft that verifies Gustave Whitehead flew his plane on August 14, 1901. We here at the Bridgeport Public Library’s History Center have scads of articles on file that support this. We Believe in Gustave Whitehead! Here is an article that was in this blog […] [Read More]
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Yes Virginia, There is a Blizzard

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 Yes, Virginia, there is a blizzard…and it is here now!  And historically speaking, its not the first time either! Here are historical (not hysterical thoughts about blizzards of Bridgeport’s past): On March 11, 1888, the entire Northeast was struck by a winter storm. The wind and snow caused huge drifts to make it impossible to […] [Read More]
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Baldwin Plaza Named After Former Governor

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If you come to downtown today, Baldwin Plaza has been torn up since May of 2012.  The big pile of debris, that was once Baldwin Plaza is going through a very slow process of renovation.  Very little action has taken place to this site. Even the handicapped parking was gone when I attended a concert […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Titanic Survivor Drowns?

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  In April of 1912, the news of the tragedy of the sinking of the sinking of the ship Titanic resonated throughout the world.  In the New York metropolitan area, the many immigrants and their families shuddered to think of the sad drownings.  Many area residents themselves traveled over from Europe and other countries by boat.  […] [Read More]
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Santa Gives Out His Loot

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  Photo by Al Mathewson Christmas 1938 was a tough year for America. The last years of the Depression were difficult ones for the citizens of Bridgeport, and especially the children.  Standing in the Second Precinct Children eagerly waited for a visit from Santa Claus to the city.  Jasper McLevy was on hand to greet Saint Nick, […] [Read More]
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World War I Bridgeport

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Bridgeport had a great deal to rejoice about on July 4, 1919. Most of the troops were home from the World War, and the Treaty of Versailles had been signed in June. Everyone came out to celebrate, including the troops that had returned from overseas. The City of Bridgeport sponsored a Service Recognition Week, with […] [Read More]
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