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Bridgeport in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Bridgeport

 
 
Historic Bridgeport Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 27, 2006
1. Historic Bridgeport Marker
Inscription. Colonel Ebenezer Zane, one of the founders of Wheeling, laid out the village that became Bridgeport in 1806 on the site of Fort Kirkwood (1789). Originally named Canton, it acquired its present name after the bridge to Wheeling Island was built. The arrival of the National Road in 1818 made the growing town a major portal into the state of Ohio for westbound emigrants, adding to its importance as a port for Ohio River traffic. With the advent of railroads and, later, transcontinental highways, Bridgeport continues to serve as Ohio’s “Gateway to the West.”
 
Erected 2001 by the Belmont Eagles Aerie 995, The Bridgeport Community, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.349′ N, 80° 44.466′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, Ohio, in Belmont
Marker At the Veteran's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 27, 2006
2. Marker At the Veteran's Memorial
County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 40) and Lincoln Avenue (Ohio Route 7), on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. U.S. 250, the Cadiz Pike, joins U.S. 40 here to cross to West Virginia. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport OH 43912, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Historic Road in Ohio (a few steps from this marker); Ohio County / State of Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia); Camp Carlile (approx. ¼ mile away in West Virginia); Charles Ellet, Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away in West Virginia); Augustus Pollack (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia).
 
More about this marker. Lincoln Avenue proper (State Route 7) is elevated as it crosses this intersection. This intersection is with a piece of the old Lincoln Avenue, which is now an extension of the southbound off-ramp.
 
Also see . . .  Transportation and athletes important part of Bridgeport's legacy.
Original Iron Bridge to Wheeling Island and Replacement image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 27, 2006
3. Original Iron Bridge to Wheeling Island and Replacement
Article in the Martins Ferry Times Leader. (Submitted on September 3, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsPolitical SubdivisionsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Iron Truss Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, circa February 2006
4. Iron Truss Bridge
This view over the Ohio River Back Channel is towards Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,524 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 4, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.
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