Located in Western Michigan, 90 miles outside of Chicago, Bridgman is a quaint lake community, located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Weko Beach, one of the most popular attractions in Bridgman, is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.
The surrounding area was first settled by lumbermen in 1856 and named Charlotteville, and a post office followed shortly. The history of the village begins with George C. Bridgman, who incorporated the town in 1870, with the focal point being a newly-opened railroad station. The area surrounding Mr. Bridgman’s original plot of land was later annexed to include Charlotteville, and the town grew to its present size.
Historic significance in Bridgman includes a planned Communist Party meeting in 1922 that was famously broken up by local and federal authorities.
The Bridgman Public School District serves nearly 1,000 students in the area, at three schools: Bridgman Elementary, F.C. Reed Middle School, and Bridgman High School. Bridgman offers public transportation in the “BERRIENbus,” a shared ride transportation system, which offers shuttle service to local landmarks, with the convenient feature of home pick-up.
Perhaps the most popular attraction in Bridgman is Weko Beach, which lies on Lake Michigan and borders the Warren Dunes State Park. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, visitors can listen to “Taps” at sunset, along with a Sunday evening free concert series also taking place on the beach. There are also camping facilities and cabins for those who wish to spend the night. Tanner Creek, a popular fishing spot, is located on the border of Weko Beach and Warren Dunes.