Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the largest city in the state. The city has a population of 145,000, while the metropolitan area surrounding the city features nearly 930,000 residents.
Seaside Park takes up more than 350 acres of room on the southern end of Bridgeport. The park features land that was donated by former resident and circus magnate P.T. Barnum.
The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is the only zoo in Connecticut accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo features more than a hundred species of animals.
The Barnum Museum is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The museum is in a late-nineteenth-century home that was commissioned for construction by P.T. Barnum. The home features artifacts and items from Barnum’s life as well as various items that were used in some of his earliest circus shows.
The Webster Bank Arena hosts major concerts and sporting events throughout the year in Bridgeport. The venue can fit up to 10,000 people at a time. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers minor league ice hockey team plays games at the arena. Fairfield University’s basketball team also plays games here.
Bridgeport, CT, is on land that was once held by the Paugussett tribe. The first English settlement in the area occurred in 1644. The town would be incorporated in 1821 and was named for the nearby bridge that went over the Pequonnock River. Multiple iron foundries were established in Bridgeport after the Civil War. P.T. Barnum also made Bridgeport the winter home for his circus. The city grew in the early twentieth century thanks to the arrival of tens of thousands of immigrants from Ireland, Germany, and Italy among other countries, but deindustrialization later in the century led to a decline.
Bridgeport is on the southwestern end of Fairfield County. The city is directly east of Fairfield and west of Milford. All three towns are connected by Interstate 95 on the southern end. Bridgeport is also on the Long Island Sound and is about 40 miles northeast of the Bronx.
The St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Bridgeport Hospital are the two largest employers in the city. The Bridgeport Hospital operates as an affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine.
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