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Bridgeport Main Street District/Historic Downtown

 

In 2006 Bridgeport was named a Texas Main Street City and has also been recognized as a National Main Street City numerous times.  This prestigious recognition shows that the City and its residents are committed to preserving our historic business district, both architecturally and economically.  Extensive renovations have been made to the Bridgeport Stage, a former Arcadia movie theater, which now houses a versatile performance hall.  Main Street low-interest loans and grants have been used by many small businesses to restore historic buildings.  See here for more information or call 940-683-3404.

Historic Stagecoach Replica - Bridgeport Visitor's Center

Bridgeport Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce

 

A 70 year old building located in historic downtown at 812 A Halsell Street was renovated in 2009 for the Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce on the upper level.  Call 940-683-2076 or look here for details.  A glass enclosure was added to the front to house a life-size replica of a Concord Stagecoach commemorating Bridgeport’s official designation by the Texas State Legislature as the Stagecoach Capital of Texas that same year.

Bridgeport Heritage Museum

Bridgeport Heritage Museum - The Stagecoach Capital of Texas

 

A first class museum, on the lower level of the Visitors Center was built for you by museum volunteers to visually showcase the people, natural resources and economies of the Bridgeport area.  See interpretive exhibits covering the past 100 years including:  Coal mines, Lake Bridgeport, Barnett Shale Natural Gas, Bridgeport Brick, Butterfield Stage Overland Mail Route, etc.  Open 1:00 – 4:00 pm Monday-Saturday.  940-683-5389.

Eastside Bridgeport Cemetery

Bridgeport Cemeteries

 

Bridgeport has two cemeteries: Eastside Cemetery at the south end of 17th Street; West Bridgeport Cemetery on the west side of town.

Wise County Historical Markers
 
Wise County boasts more than 80 state historical markers.  “Welcome to Wise” Visitors Guide 2011, page 126, has a listing of 14 markers of interest.  The complete list may be viewed on line at www.stoppingpoints.com/texas scroll down and click on Wise County.
Wise County Courthouse
 
Perhaps the most distinctive landmark, the 115-year-old majestic structure stands proud and tall in the center of the county.  Built in 1896 of pink granite, J. Riely Gordon of New York was the architect.  His design, praised as architecturally perfect, has been awarded a historical medallion and plaque from the Texas Historical Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The courthouse is a favorite subject of photographers.
Wise County Heritage Museum
 
The Wise County Heritage Museum is a monument to the past.  Located on the south end of Trinity Street in Decatur, it was once the Decatur Baptist College, and is now owned by the Wise County Historical Society.  The Museum has many relics from the past, including one of its most well-known – the Lost Battalion Room.  The museum is open 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday.  Tours are available by calling 940-627-5586 or 940-627-3732.
Lost Battalion Room – World War II
 
A room in the Wise County Heritage Museum serves as a tribute to the local soldiers whom Japan took as prisoners of war in the Dutch East Indies during World War II.  Members of the Lost Battalion from both the Army and Navy were mostly from Wise and Jack counties.  They were held captive for 42 months under the most brutal conditions.  The Lost Battalion Room contains personal items, as well as documents detailing hardships the men faced in captivity.  No members of the Lost Battalion from Wise County are still alive.  For more information call 940-627-5586.