Whether or not it was due to the fact that the farming community across the river from Moncton had a bridge connecting it with the growing town and another bridge about five miles away across Mud Creek, linking it with Lower Coverdale, this area became known as Bridgedale. The role of the schools may be found under that title. A post office was established about 1885 and remained until 1920 when it was replaced by rural delivery and pick-up by a driver in his wagon, and later an automobile.
A City Directory published in 1911 shows 31 adults either as heads of households or gainfully employed other than at home, of whom 25 were males and 6 females; 5 of the women and 11 of the men worked in Moncton. All but one of these men worked for the ICR; 10 of the 14 remaining were farmers. The large number of school children indicated the steady growth of the area and by 1954 Bridgedale was incorporated as a Local Improvement District.
Bridgedale became a Village, November 9, 1966 and remained so until July 9th, 1963 when it became a part of the new town. Bridgedale was part of the Parish of Coverdale Fire Department, and George Smith and Bannon O'Hearn were active in this field. Russell Coates succeeded Donald Sullivan as Mayor of Bridgedale in 1969 and remained in Office until amalgamation in 1973. A list of the Councillors may be found in the Appendices.
The Coverdale Naval Station erected on the Thomas Nowlan Property and the Point Park area were significant milestones in the development of this land, which, until a half century ago, was a rich farming area.
Photo: Main I.C.R. repair shop is postmarked 1913, Moncton Museum