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Burgeoning Bridgeport, mostly east of Interstate 79 and north of U.S. 50, has become the center of chaotic commercial development usually associated with major highway interchanges. Future generations may decipher the architectural significance of places such as Eastpointe I, Eastpointe II, and Meadowbook Mall, but at the present, Bridgeport's late-twentiethcentury contributions to commercial archaeology are too recent to assess.

Beyond or behind the golden arches and other signs beckoning travelers to eat and sleep, several vestiges of a gentler, slower past remain. Bridgeport was established in January 1816 on a fifteen-acre tract. At first a small town and satellite to Clarksburg five miles west, Bridgeport, with a 2000 population of 7,306, is becoming the tail that wags the dog.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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