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Bridgeport, Blaine, and Lansing

Bridgeport was originally known as Canton. It is also known as the “Gateway to Ohio” due to it being the first town you see when you enter Ohio from West Virginia. Bridgeport was once booming with industries that included glass, met-al, and lumber. A number of professional athletes called Bridgeport home: Johnny Blatnik—MLB, Bill Jobko—NFL player, and Billy White—MLB.

Artist Joseph Henry Sharp was born in Bridgeport, Ohio. He was the founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. His art primarily focused on American Indian portraits and culture. President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned him to paint the portraits of 200 Native American warriors who survived the Battle of Little Big Horn.

In addition, Bridgeport is also the home to Thomas Clark Theaker—Republican representative from Ohio, and John Todd Zimmer a leading ornithologist (someone who studies birds).

The bridge is the old Blaine S bridge. These were a staple of National Road. They are shaped the way they are because it was a cheaper way of safely building across a stream. The S bridges are now a staple of the leftovers of the original National Road, a bit of history themselves. The Blaine Presbyterian Church was originally on the other side of the stream. It was moved during the construction of the Blaine Viaduct in 1930 (both are still standing today). Phil Neirko Sr. was the father of two major league baseball players, Phil and Joe Niekro. Bobby Douglas, a nationally famous wrestler, was a resident of Blaine.

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