Time Travel: Gov. Gaston Caperton Presents a Check to Bridgeport Officials and Lumberport's First Trolley

By Dick Duez on April 14, 2024 from History Blog via

Although not everyone is identified and the event is not certain, this photo from 1991 appears to involve the presentation of a Land and Water Conservation Fund Check to the City of Bridgeport at a location believed to be Charleston. Those known in the photo, from far right, are Gov. Gaston Caperton, Councilman Chuck Lindsey, Mayor Carl Furbee, P&R Director Don Burton, and Councilman Larry Blankenship. The man and the woman to the far right are unknown. If you know who they are or have further details on this, please comment in the comment section below.
This photo goes back more than 100 years - to 1912  to be exact - and shows the first trolley in operation in Lumberport.
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