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Near Mariposa in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bridgeport

 
 
Bridgeport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
1. Bridgeport Marker
Inscription. In 1852 Andrew Church established a trading post where a road from the San Joaquin Valley, crossed the Agua Fria Creek. The site, known as Bridgeport, was on the Fremont Grant, about five miles south of Aqua Fria, first county seat of Mariposa County. Church’s store prospered as he sold supplies to travelers, farmers, and miners including 3000 local Chinese. The Washburn brothers of Wawona fame began their California endeavors as clerks in the trading post. As mining declined, Bridgeport faded, but survived as a stage stop for Yosemite-bound tourists. The old wagon road changed and improved, became the main route from Merced to Mariposa and Yosemite until the late 30’s. Road re-routing signaled the end for Bridgeport. It’s demise was slowed by local gold dredging and penny-ante poker in the back room of the old store.
 
Erected 1987 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 26.009′ N, 120° 0.226′ W. Marker is near Mariposa, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Old Highway Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4104 Old Highway Road, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bridgeport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
2. Bridgeport Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agua Fria (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Agua Fria (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mormon Bar (approx. 3.7 miles away); California State Mining and Mineral Museum (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Townsite of Agua Fria, California (approx. 3.8 miles away); St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named St. Joseph's Catholic Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fremont Adobe (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mariposa.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Bridgeport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
3. Bridgeport Marker
Today's Bridge Over Aqua Fria Creek image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2011
4. Today's Bridge Over Aqua Fria Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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