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Bridgeport in Morrill County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Bridgeport, Nebraska

“Trail City, USA”

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
1. Bridgeport, Nebraska Marker
Inscription. Bridgeport, founded in 1900 as a station by the Burlington Railroad, celebrated its centennial in 2000. The town is located on or near many historic trails of the West, including the Oregon, California Mormon, Pony Express, and Sidney-Black Hills Trails. Courthouse and Jail Rocks, south of Bridgeport, were landmarks mentioned in many travelerís journals.
In 1876 Henry T. Clarke constructed a bridge across the North Platte River three miles upstream from the future site of Bridgeport, to improve the trail from Sidney to the gold-mining town s of the Black Hills. Freight from Sidney and gold from the mines flowed across the bridge for nearly a decade. A village named Camp Clarke sprang up nearby.
The coming of railroads to the North Platte Valley established Bridgeport and brought increased settlement to the area. Irrigation projects in the early 1900s prompted agricultural development. Bridgeport became the seat of newly designated Morrill County in 1908. It remains a stable community, whose economy is based on agriculture, railroads and government.
 
Erected by Morrill County Visitors Committee & Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 418.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
2. Bridgeport, Nebraska Marker
41° 40.41′ N, 103° 5.942′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, Nebraska, in Morrill County. Marker is on Main Street (Route 26/385) near 4th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Main Street, Bridgeport NE 69336, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Pioneer Camp (approx. half a mile away); Oregon Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); Guiding Landmarks (approx. 2.2 miles away); Camp Clarke Bridge and Sidney-Black Hills Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away); Courthouse and Jail Rocks (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Sidney-Black Hills Trail
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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