Photos courtesy of: Cheryl Nelson
The area now known as Bridgman was originally known as Plummer's Pier.
In 1856, the Charlotteville Lumber Company renamed the village
Charlotteville after one of the owner's wife, Charlotte. The company
built a 500 foot pier into Lake Michigan and the sawmill soon prospered
into a thriving industry.
George C. Bridgman, another co-owner of the Charlotteville Lumber
Company, founded another settlement a short distance away. Mr.
Bridgman's settlement was near the future railroad station site, which
opened in 1870.
The two settlements were parceled together and given the name of Laketon.
In 1874 the postmaster was successful in renaming the community as
Even though the lumber industry has refrained, Bridgman still plays a
vital role in the economy of southwest Michigan.
The tourism industry thrives in Bridgman. Warren Dunes and Weko Beach
are among the favorite beaches in the region.
The two areas also offer hiking and camping. The Cook Energy Information
Center is also a choice spot for visitors.
The Bridgman community is not only a pleasant location to visit, it is
also a nice place to live.
Bridgman's small town pride shows in their neighborhoods and schools.
The Bridgman Schools have been rated among the best in the country by
Whether your stay is extended or brief, you will be glad you experienced