Bridgeport's roots as the official Stagecoach Capital of Texas began in 1860 when a toll bridge was built over the West Fork of the Trinity River to accommodate the Butterfield Overland Stage Company. In succeeding years, Bridgeport's prosperity was built upon coal mines, brick plants, and oil and gas drilling.
Events include Butterfield Stage Days festival and PRCA rodeo the second weekend in May and the Coal Miners Heritage Festival in the fall.
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