Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City

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In The Late Nineteenth Century, P.T. Barnum was known worldwide for his traveling circus, but to the city of Bridgeport he meant much more. The city's mayor and benefactor, Barnum was also a mastermind at urban planning. Thus, amid Bridgeport's growing industrial factories, orchestras played from the bandstand at Seaside Park and bucolic hills surrounded Bunnell's Pond. In this collection of narratives, Eric D. Lehman captures the city's natural beauty and richly eccentric history. From the brave women of the ...
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Overview

In The Late Nineteenth Century, P.T. Barnum was known worldwide for his traveling circus, but to the city of Bridgeport he meant much more. The city's mayor and benefactor, Barnum was also a mastermind at urban planning. Thus, amid Bridgeport's growing industrial factories, orchestras played from the bandstand at Seaside Park and bucolic hills surrounded Bunnell's Pond. In this collection of narratives, Eric D. Lehman captures the city's natural beauty and richly eccentric history. From the brave women of the Black Rock Lighthouse to war heroes of "the nation's arsenal," from "the tiniest general," Tom Thumb, to the tragic death of Jumbo the elephant, these are the best stories from Connecticut's "Park City."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596296169
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 830,625
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 7

Chapter 1 A World in Miniature 10

Chapter 2 Stitching History 22

Chapter 3 Lincoln's First Fried Oyster 30

Chapter 4 With Her Eyes to the Sea 39

Chapter 5 When Animals Roamed the Streets 47

Chapter 6 The Playthings of Possibility 58

Chapter 7 Becoming Park City 68

Chapter 8 A Tale of Two Inventors 77

Chapter 9 Textbooks and Toothaches 86

Chapter 10 Arsenal of a Nation 95

Chapter 11 The Pogo Years 105

Chapter 12 Tragedy and Rebirth 113

Bibliography 119

About the Author 127

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