Introduction to Bridgeport, Michigan
Bridgeport, Michigan is 5 miles SE of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center) and 82 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. It is in Saginaw county. The town, which is part of the Saginaw - Bay City - Midland metro area, has a population 7,849.
Bridgeport is one of the oldest communities in Saginaw County, and it is believed that the earliest settlers arrived around 1835. Auri Campbell was the first white settler and also built the first house. Bridgeport was originally called "Cass Bend" or "The Bend of the Cass", because of the fact that the Cass River makes a sharp bend nearby. The town was officially organized in 1848. The community benefited largely from the construction of a railroad and electric lines.
Bridgeport and Nearby Attractions
- Frankenmuth Historical Museum
- Potter Park Zoo
- Dow Gardens
- Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area
- Saginaw Art Museum
Things To Do In Bridgeport
The Frankenmuth Historical Museum, the Historical Museum of Bay County, and the Montrose Historic & Telephone Pioneer Museum showcase exhibits of historical importance. The Saginaw Art Museum displays the work of local artists. The Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area, which includes a lake and nature trails, offers recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, and swimming. At the Sleepy Hollow State Park visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, and picnicking. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Green Acres Golf Course. Dow Gardens, W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, and Potter Park Zoo are other popular attractions in the area.
Air transportation is available from the Oakland County International Airport.
Bridgeport Higher Education
Colleges near Bridgeport are Saginaw Valley State University, Northwood University, Delta College, and University of Michigan.