Bridgeport : Tales from the Park City

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: History Pr
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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 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." Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 7
A World in Miniaturep. 10
Stitching Historyp. 22
Lincoln's First Fried Oysterp. 30
With Her Eyes to the Seap. 39
When Animals Roamed the Streetsp. 47
The Playthings of Possibilityp. 58
Becoming Park Cityp. 68
A Tale of Two Inventorsp. 77
Textbooks and Toothachesp. 86
Arsenal of a Nationp. 95
The Pogo Yearsp. 105
Tragedy and Rebirthp. 113
Bibliographyp. 119
About the Authorp. 127
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