Bridgeport History Made Easy Quiz
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1) What year was Bridgeport chartered?
2) When was the town incorporated?
3) Bridgeport’s elevation is 2,040 feet.
4) The John Powers' Fort historical marker: On
Simpson Creek is site of fort built by John Powers, 1771. Nearby
is grave of Col. Benjamin Wilson, soldier and settler. Here lived
Joseph Johnson, only Virginia governor from west of Alleghenies;
first elected by popular vote. It is 1/4 mile west of junction
with WV 58, Bridgeport. What highway will you find the
5) Simpson Creek Baptist Church is recognized as
the oldest Baptist church in West Virginia by the West Virginia
Baptist Convention and is also generally accepted as being the
oldest Protestant church west of the Allegheny Mountains.
What is the date of the first formal records of the church?
6) The Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Company Bowstring
Concrete Arch Bridge is located between Mechanic St. and Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad tracks in Bridgeport, West Virginia. It was
built by the Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Company to provide access
from the glass plant to a warehouse on the other side of Simpson
Creek. The bridge was designed to carry hand carts with glass
products across the river to the warehouse. What year was
the bridge constructed?
7) The Governor Joseph Johnson House, also known
as Oakdale, is located on a half-acre lot that is bordered on the
north by Johnson Avenue (named for the governor), on the west by
Oakdale Avenue (named for the house), and on the south by Maple
Street. The house was constructed in 1818 for then Assemblyman
Joseph Johnson (Virginia politician). The house is significant
because it was the home of the only governor of Virginia from the
Trans-Alleghany region and one of antebellum Western, now West
Virginia's. It was remodeled in about 1840 in the form of an
Italianate architecture Residence. When was the home
listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
March 19, 1967
March 19, 1977
March 19, 1987
March 19, 1997
8) The Benedum Civic Center historical marker
reads: Enlarged replica on site of original Michael L. Benedum
family home. Benedum, born here July 16, 1869, died July 30, 1959.
Known as the "Great Wildcatter" for success in oil exploration, he
became as well known for philanthropy. Benedum name is prominent
in West Virginia for gifts of scholarship, educational facilities
and community sites, such as this center he dedicated in 1956. It
is located on West Main Street (US 50), Bridgeport.
9) Simpson Creek flows through Bridgeport.
Simpson Creek rises approximately five miles northwest of Philippi
in northwestern Barbour County and flows generally northwestwardly
through southeastern Taylor County and northeastern Harrison
County, passing through the communities of Flemington and
Bridgeport; it flows into the West Fork River approximately four
miles south-southwest of Shinnston. What is the length of
the Simpson Creek?
10) The Simpson Creek Covered Bridge historical
marker tells that: A. S. Hugill built 75' long by 14' wide
multiple king-post truss bridge in 1881 for $1483 on land of John
Lowe. Survived great flood of 1888 but was washed away from
original site 1/2 miles upstream in 1899. It is located on the
Despard-Summit Park Road (CR 24/7) near junction with CR 24 just
inside Bridgeport city limits. Beside the Simpson Creek
Covered Bridge, what is the other covered bridge in Harrison
Blake Covered Bridge
Fletcher Covered Bridge
Gower Covered Bridge
Thompson Covered Bridge