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Bridgeport, West Virginia
|City of Bridgeport|
Governor Joseph Johnson House
Opportunity Lives Here
Location of Bridgeport in Harrison County, West Virginia.
|• Type||Manager Plan|
|• Total||10.73 sq mi (27.80 km2)|
|• Land||10.69 sq mi (27.69 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)|
|Elevation||1,020 ft (311 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||827.05/sq mi (319.33/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||304, 681|
|GNIS feature ID||1536341|
The town of Bridgeport had its beginning in pre-American Revolutionary War times. In 1764, John Simpson entered the area and gave his name to Simpson Creek. Bridgeport was chartered in 1816. When the town was incorporated in 1887, it established the office of mayor and town council. The city currently employs a City Manager. Bridgeport is home to Meadowbrook Mall, a 100-store regional shopping complex serving North-Central West Virginia.
Bridgeport originally got its name from a cartographer’s mistake. Settled in the mid-1700s by early fur traders who came west over the Allegheny Mountains, settlers were forced to build forts to protect themselves from the elements, as well as from Native Americans who didn’t care for the intrusion on their lands. Thus, as legend has it, what was known as Bridge Fort was mistakenly deemed Bridgeport. 
On June 29, 2006, the city became noted as the site of a showdown over the issue of separation of church and state in the United States. A portrait of Jesus originally hung on a wall at Bridgeport High School. Two parents filed suit in federal court to have the portrait removed, after the Harrison County Board of Education deadlocked over whether to remove the portrait. The portrait of Jesus was stolen from Bridgeport High School early in the morning on August 17, 2006 and a mirror was put in its place. 
In 2016, a baseball team from Bridgeport won the Little League state championship.
- Pete Dye Golf Club opened in 1993, rated the number one golf course in WV and number 99 on America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest.
- Simpson Creek Baptist Church is recognized as the oldest Baptist church in West Virginia by the West Virginia Baptist Convention and is also generally accepted as being the oldest Protestant church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The first formal records of the church are dated 1774.
- Simpson Creek Covered Bridge located off of Meadowbrook Rd. Built in 1881 by Asa Hugill. One of only two covered bridges that still stand today in Harrison County.
- The Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Company Bowstring Concrete Arch Bridge
- The Governor Joseph Johnson House, aka Oakdale.
Bridgeport is located at Simpson Creek.(39.296544, -80.251305), along
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.56 square miles (27.35 km2), of which, 10.52 square miles (27.25 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2010 census there were 8,149 people, 3,458 households, and 2,383 families living in the city. The population density was 774.6 inhabitants per square mile (299.1/km2). There were 3,678 housing units at an average density of 349.6 per square mile (135.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7%.
Of the 3,458 households 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 28.2% of households were one person and 12.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.86.
The median age was 44.7 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 18.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
- Bridgeport High School
Primary and middle schools
- Bridgeport Middle School
- Johnson Elementary School
- Simpson Elementary School
- Heritage Christian School
- Bridgeport Public Library
North Central West Virginia Airport is located in Bridgeport. Allegiant Air has scheduled service to Orlando–Sanford and Myrtle Beach. United Express offers flights to Chicago–O'Hare and Washington–Dulles.
- Michael Late Benedum, founder of Benedum-Trees Oil Company
- Mike Florio, sports writer
- Joseph Johnson, only Governor of Virginia (1852–56) from west of the Alleghenies
- Senator Waldo Porter Johnson of Missouri
- T. Michael Martin, young adult novelist, author of 'The End Games'
- Colonel Benjamin Wilson
In Spanish: Bridgeport (Virginia Occidental) para niños
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