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Beardsley Park and Zoo
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Beardsley Park and Zoo

Beardsley Park :"A Place that Would Always be Theirs" By Eric D. Lehman After the success of Seaside Park, Bridgeport was ready to put aside more land for the enjoyment and refreshment of its citizens. When wealthy cattle baron James W. Beardsley donated over one hundred acres ...

September 09, 2010
Beardsley Zoo Poem
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Beardsley Zoo Poem

Gray pigeons and squirrels trouble a leafless suburban street,chattering past gas stations and forgotten hopes, while gray people slouch in gloveless poverty, grime-spattered jalopies clattering through colorless slop.   But some children remember that on the pine hill, hidden from the gray houses live yellow monkeys, screaming cosmic glee amidst make-believe jungles, that down the street live ...

Bibliography: Beardsley Park and Zoo

Beardsley Park and Zoo Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:  the First Eighty Years, Established 1922, by DeMattia, Robin F.  Virginia Beach, VA:  The Donning Co. Publishers, 2002. Dolly Curtis Interviews:  Dr. Howard Hochman, Veternarian for  Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT, 2000 , .  Easton, CT:  Curtis/Cromwell Productions, 2000 Dolly Curtis Interviews:  Greg ...

March 30, 2011
Black Rock Harbor Light
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Black Rock Harbor Light

BY Richard A. Sattanni, 06/05/18 The city of Bridgeport collectively has many historic sights. The Harbor area of the Black Rock section has quite a history. This part of the city is the home of the Black Rock harbor light with quite a historical background. The ...

January 21, 2018
Maritime  Parks  
P.T. Barnum:  The Later Years
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P.T. Barnum: The Later Years

As a senior citizen, P.T. Barnum was a man who never stopped working.  He never really retired and he never took it easy. Barnum always found something new to work on.  His life in Bridgeport offered a busy schedule--traveling with the circus, serving with the State Legislature, ...

February 23, 2014
Remembering Seaside Park
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Remembering Seaside Park

By Richard Sattanni  10/29/18 Join me now as we literally take a trip back in time and share some history of Seaside Park.  Yes, our own Seaside Park offers more than swimming, fishing, and boating. The very first part of our trip begins at the entrance way ...

July 06, 2018
Featured  Parks  
The Bridgeport Home Oilers
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The Bridgeport Home Oilers

By Andy Piascik Before there were the Sound Tigers, there were the Home Oilers. Before there was Webster Bank Arena, there was the Wonderland of Ice. The Wonderland of Ice is still there and now with two full skating rinks, but the Home Oilers are long ...

January 15, 2016
Parks  Sports  
The Legend of Pleasure Beach
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The Legend of Pleasure Beach

By Eric D. Lehman  When the growing city of Bridgeport annexed the borough of West Stratford in 1889, it included a triangular island of thirty-seven acres which would become the stuff of legends in Bridgeport history. Playing up the legend that Captain Kidd had buried treasure on ...

February 09, 2011

The Planning of Seaside Park

By Eric D. Lehman Before the Civil War, no one in town gave much thought to the stretch of rocky land between Bridgeport Harbor and Fayerweather Island at the mouth of Black Rock Harbor. Barely good enough for cows, the land remained inaccessible to horse and ...

January 25, 2011