Hello, and welcome to Bridge City, Texas. Bridge City was originally named Prairie View, but in 1938 The Rainbow Bridge was constructed with a whooping 680 foot span , and vertical clearance of 177 ft. Designs were intended to allow the safe clearance of what was at the time the tallest ship in the US Navy, the USS Patoka. After completion the neighboring town of Prairie View took on the name “Bridge City” in response. Get out, and explore Bridge City for yourself. We have Music, Activities, Conferences, Meetings, and much more for you to discover. Bridge City Texas Events.