Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 5,976
2000 Census - 4,309
Bridgeport, Texas
Bridgeport Texas History:
In 1860, William H. Hunt received a charter from the West Fork Bridge Company to build a bridge across the West Fork of the Trinity River as part of the Butterfield Overland Mail route. A small community was established at the bridge site. The bridge was abandoned the next year when the Civil War began. The wooden bridge collapsed, but the small farming community remained. In1873, an iron bridge was constructed as part of a supply route between Decatur and Fort Richardson. The Bridgeport post office was established that same year. Coal was discovered in the 1880s, and for the next twenty years the Wise County Coal Company was one of the state’s largest producers of bituminous coal. By 1929, the coal mines were forced to close due to competition from the oil and gas industry. In 1893, the Rock Island Railway built a line through the area, bypassing Bridgeport by a mile. The town moved a mile east to be closer to the railroad and soon became a shipping and retail center for area farmers and ranchers. Bridgeport incorporated in 1913. By 1920, it had 1,872 residents. The 1931 impoundment of Lake Bridgeport turned the town into a tourist center. Bridgeport’s main street is Halsell Street. Bridgeport is located just east of Lake Bridgeport on the southern edge of the LBJ National Grasslands, at the intersection of U.S. 380, SH 101 and SH 114, 50 miles northwest of Fort Worth, 30 miles northwest of Azle and Eagle Mountain Lake, 9 miles northeast of Runaway Bay, 36 miles north of Weatherford, 54 miles northeast of Mineral Wells, 56 miles northeast of Graham, 28 miles east of Jacksboro, 28 miles southeast of Bowie, 7.6 miles southeast of Chico, 11 miles southwest of Decatur, 45 miles southwest of Sanger and Ray Roberts Lake, 38.6 miles west of Denton, and 48 miles northwest of Lake Grapevine and Trophy Club, Texas. 
Bridgeport Heritage Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Bridgeport including the Butterfield Stage, area railroads, coal mines, and natural gas and pioneer artifacts. Open Mon-Sat, 1pm-4pm. The museum is located on the second floor of the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center offices at 812 B Halsell Street. (940) 683-2076. Chamber Email
Bridgeport Stage (Former Arcadia Theatre) & Event Venue:
The 1946 Arcadia Theater closed in 1963. Renovations on the 250 seat theater began in the mid-1990s, and took ten years to complete. The theater hosts productions by the Off 380 players, concerts, pageants, and other events. It is available for event rentals. (940) 683-3404. 1009 Halsell Street. Email
Off 380 Players:
This community theater group performs several plays throughout the year. They perform at the Bridgeport Stage. (940) 683-3485. 1009 Halsell Street.
Bridgeport Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, a reservable meeting room, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Sundays. (940) 683-3450. 2159 10th Street. Email
Bridgeport Community Center & Senior Center Programs:
Senior citizens meet at the Bridgeport Community Center Mon-Thu, 8am-1pm. Lunch is served at 11:30am. Bingo is played every Thursday but you must attend on Monday and Tuesday to play on Thursday (this is a novel concept). Senior Services: (940) 393-2860. Community Center Rentals: (940) 683-3480. 1102 Lawdwin Avenue.