Historic City

The culture of innovation is strong in Bridgeport, with metalworking and textiles driving the industrial revolution, first flight in 1901, and contributions as the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II. The legacy of P.T. Barnum’s election as Mayor in 1875 endures, and his designs for the city guide development even today. There is a rich history of welcoming immigrants and talents, beginning with the International Institute of Bridgeport in 1918. There are over 70 languages spoken in Bridgeport, and a wealth of cuisines, religions, and cultures represented in the city’s restaurants, people, and the University of Bridgeport students.