Bridgeport is a city in Douglas County, Washington. It is part of the Wenatchee−East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgeport’s population was 2,409 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 15 crazy and fun facts about Bridgeport, Washington, United States.
1. Bridgeport is located near the Chief Joseph Dam.
2. The area that is now Bridgeport was settled in the late 19th century and originally named Westfield.
3. Some of the earliest settlers in the area were Chinese miners extracting gold from the banks of the Columbia River.
4. Developers purchased the town in 1892 and renamed it Bridgeport after where they had come from, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
5. The city of Bridgeport was officially incorporated on March 21, 1910.
6. The biggest economic boom to come to the city came from the building of the massive Foster Creek Dam, later renamed the Chief Joseph Dam, just upstream from the city limits.
7. Bridgeport is located at 48°0′22″N 119°40′18″W (48.006238, -119.671540).
8. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), all of it land.
9. Bridgeport has over 1½ miles of Columbia River Waterfront that is within the City Limits.
10. Bridgeport is currently experiencing expansion and development of waterfront properties with a re-newed energy.
11. Chief Joseph Dam is located upstream about 1½ miles upstream from Bridgeport.
12. Bridgeport is located directly adjacent to the Okanogan County border connected by the north-south Rufus Woods Lake.
13. Its nearby recreational tourism destination is situated in Okanogan County north of the city.
14. Bridgeport is tied with Walla Walla for the highest June temperature recorded in Washington state, at 113 °F (45 °C). Both cities set this record during the June 2015 northwest heat wave.
15. There were 745 housing units at an average density of 709.5 per square mile (273.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.4% White, 0.5% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 38.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 76.7% of the population.