Introduction to Bessemer City, North Carolina
Bessemer City, North Carolina, in Gaston county, is 5 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 25 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metropolitan area.
Bessemer City History
In 1754, King George II of England made a land grant to James Ormand and Adam Meek. The Ormand Mining Company, which was subsequently established by James Ormand, operated until the mid-19th century. During the 1840s, cotton, corn, and whiskey production were major contributors to the economy. The area now known as Bessemer City was purchased from the Ormand family by Sir Henry Bessemer who invented the "Bessemer Process" which was used for smelting iron. The city was named in his honor, and incorporated on March 6th, 1893.
Bessemer City and Nearby Attractions
- Gaston County Museum of Art and History
- Historic Rural Hill Farm
- Schiele Museum
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- Crowders Mountain State Park
Things To Do In Bessemer City
Historic Rural Hill Farm, the former home of Major John and Violet Davidson, is now a historic site featuring walking trails and guided tours of historic buildings. Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Latta Plantation are other places of historic interest near Bessemer City. The Schiele Museum, and Gaston County Museum of Art and History have artifacts reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. The city also offers easy access to the Green River where visitors can enjoy floating trips on the rapids. The South Mountain State Park offers views of the mountain range and waterfalls and also provides opportunities for the enjoyment of mountain biking, trout fishing, picnicking, and primitive and equestrian camping. Paramount's Carowinds Water & Theme Park, and Crowders Mountain State Park are other popular parks in the area.
Bessemer City Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport.
Bessemer City Higher Education
Belmont Abbey College, Cleveland Community College, and Gaston College are several colleges close to Bessemer City.