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Bridgeport History Made Easy Quiz

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Try this West Virginia History Made Easy Quiz.
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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) What year was Bridgeport chartered?

  • 1816
  • 1818
  • 1820
  • 1822

2) When was the town incorporated?

  • 1883
  • 1885
  • 1887
  • 1889

3) Bridgeport’s elevation is 2,040 feet.

  • True or False?

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 marker?

  • US 19
  • US 50
  • WV 79
  • WV 100

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?

  • 1774
  • 1784
  • 1794
  • 1804

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?

  • 1924
  • 1934
  • 1944
  • 1954

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.

  • True or False?

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?

  • 28 miles
  • 38 miles
  • 48 miles
  • 58 miles

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 County?

  • Blake Covered Bridge
  • Fletcher Covered Bridge
  • Gower Covered Bridge
  • Thompson Covered Bridge

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Bridgeport [Answers]

  1. 1816
  2. 1887
  3. False. Bridgeport’s elevation is 1,020 feet.
  4. US 50
  5. 1774
  6. 1924
  7. March 19, 1987
  8. True
  9. 28 miles
  10. Fletcher Covered Bridge

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