Introduction to Bessemer, Alabama
Bessemer, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 8 miles W of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 149 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. Part of the surrounding Birmingham metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Bessemer is home to some 29,672 residents.
The modern day city of Bessemer was founded by Henry F. Debardeleben in 1887. Originally, the area was known as Brooklyn. However, its founder renamed the city Bessemer after Sir Henry Bessemer, the British scientist who invented the low-cost steelmaking process. Bessemer Land and Improvement Company was established the same year. On September 9, 1887, the people of the city voted to incorporate Bessemer. R.M. McAdory was elected the city's first mayor.
Bessemer and nearby Attractions
- VisionLand Theme Park
- Hall of History Museum
- Splash Beach Water Park
- Alabama Adventure Park
- Oak Mountain State Park
- Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama
Things To Do In Bessemer
While staying in Bessemer, you can visit the Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge. To explore the city's history, you can visit the Bessemer Hall of History and Bessemer Public Library. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Bessemer Plaza Shopping Center and West Town Plaza Shopping Center. Golf lovers can spend their leisure time at the Bessemer Municipal Golf Course and Bent Brook Golf Course.
International flights are available from Birmingham International Airport.
Bessemer Higher Education
Bessemer State Technical College is located in the city. Samford University and University of Alabama at Birmingham are also nearby.