Ethnic Maps of the Bridgeport area from 1840 to 1950


Bridgeport area in 1840
canal construction era

Bridgeport area in 1860
beginning of the railroad era

Bridgeport area in 1870
pre-Fire period

Bridgeport area in 1900
turn of the century

Bridgeport area in 1920
following World War I

Bridgeport area in 1950
height of Chicago's population

Color Key
Green
Yellow
Dark Green
Olive Green
Pink
Orange
Aqua
Violet
Black
Green.............Irish
Yellow...........German
Dark Green....Czech
Olive Green....Italian
Pink...............Polish
Orange...........Lithuanian
Aqua..............Swedish
Violet.............Chinese
Black..............industrial, boundaries
Orientation maps:
[ Bridgeport vicinity ] [ Bridgeport community area ]


It should be noted that these maps are not as precise as maps normally are (or are supposed to be). These maps depend on especially census data -- with some supplementary sources -- that vary in definitions of "ethnic" in different decades. More specifically, those of second and third generations are understated. In effect, these maps best show the foreign born groups. See the tables derived from census data for more information.

Source: Department of Development and Planning,
Historic City: the settlement of Chicago (Chicago: City of Chicago, 1976).
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