The historic boundaries of the former borough of Bridesburg were the original bed of Frankfor Creek around the north and west, the Delaware River to the southeast, and Port Richmond to the southwest, along a border at Pike Street near Wheat Sheaf Lane. With the diversion of Frankford Creek in 1956 and the construction of I-95in the late 1960s, these have become the effective southwest and northwest boundaries. Adjacent neighborhoods are Wissinoming to the northeast, Whitehall to the north, Frankford to the northwest, and Port Richmond to the southwest.
The area was originally called Point-No-Point, after a landmark at Frankford Creek’s mouth on the Delaware River. Boatmen navigating the river would see first a point of land, which on passing would apparently disappear, only to reappear again at a distance. Founded in the early 19th century, Bridesburg, a tract of land formerly belonging to Point-no-Point, took its name from Joseph Kirkbride who for many years owned land there and was proprietor of a ferry over Frankford Creek Kirkbridesburg was considered too long a name for convenience, and the shorter “Bridesburg” was adopted.