Towle House app. 1878

Celebrate with us!

Bridgeport, California will host its 17th annual Founder’s Day Celebration over Labor Day weekend, August 31st - September 3rd, 2018. 


Founder’s Day highlights the area's rich history while treating visitors to a great assortment of free family fun such as the vintage quilt show, ranch roping competition (participation fees apply,) live music, historical tours & presentations including a Bridgeport Indian Colony overview with demonstrations, local theater, vendors with arts and crafts, free stampede foot races for the kids, wagon rides, lawn activities, as well as affordable benefit dinners, the Main Street Walk-a-bout social & lots of great raffles. Plus, get pictures with Hank, the Founder's Day Mascot!


Bridgeport invites you to join in the fun for this 4-day celebration sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce and the Mono County Historical Society. Additional sponsors include the Mono County Economic Development, Tourism & Film Commission, Fishin' Mission Foundation, Centennial Livestock, Walker River Outfitters, Bridgeport Indian Colony and private donations.


A little history:

Nestled high in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California, Bridgeport became the Mono County Seat in 1863, a position most expected would have been given to the nearby, gold mining town of Bodie. Early settlers worked the lush meadow land in ranching before initially forming the town at “The Bridge” crossing over the East Walker River. When the gorgeous Mono County Courthouse (2nd oldest operational in CA) was completed uptown in 1881, some businesses built anew nearby while some simply moved uptown. Eventually Main Street changed course from cornering around the Courthouse to continue straight along the distance of town. Visit for the next Founder's Day to learn more!

Old-fashioned fun for everyone!

Contact Sarah Jenkins for more info 760-616-1765

Free rides and tours

Vendor Information coming soon