West Bridgeport Cemetery 
(Old Town or West Side)

Wise County, Texas
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    West Bridgeport, Old Town Cemetery, Bridgeport-West, or West Side Cemetery is located to the West of Bridgeport. Go out Hwy 920 past the Acme Brick Plant about 2 miles. Turn left onto CR 3410 at 'Cemetery sign'. It's at the end of CR 3410 right next to the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.


    The town of Bridgeport was first founded just west of this cemetery (see old map of town below). This map shows Old Town 1880 to 1887. It is information from Mr. Tran Ray, Mr. Walter Bingham, Mr. Pollard Jeter, compiled by Mrs. J.V. Montrief and drawn by Owen Funk. 
There is an historical marker on the other side of Hwy 920 close to the new bridge that crosses the West Fork of the Trinity River. The text of the Historical Marker for Old Town Bridgeport follows:


    Toll Bridge


Old Bridgeport

     When Butterfield overland mail traversed this area (1858-61) on St. Louis to San Francisco route, a crossing over West Fork of the Trinity was a necessity. Col. W.H. Hunt on Feb 11, 1860, obtained a charter and built a toll bridge here (50 yds. w). The overland mail ceased operating as Civil War began. The bridge soon collapsed. However, a settlement had begun here, and in 1873 Charles Cates, a Decatur merchant, spanned the river with an iron bridge.
     When the Rock Island Railroad built to this point in 1893, town moved but retained historic name.

    Headstone pictures were originally taken at this cemetery in 1999 and some updates were taken in 2002. At that time there were 1400 headstones. In 2014 all new pictures were taken of the newer sections on the north side of the cemetery (sections 1 and 4). New pictures were also done in the other sections for all of the headstones with dates of 2000 or newer. There are now 1,715 pictures of 1,525 headstones. There is data for another 43 burials where no headstone has been found. This information came from a cemetery listing done by Mr. & Mrs. Homer L. Roper in Dec of 1960.

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