Bessemer resides in Jefferson County, where it is within the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Statistical Area. It developed rapidly in the early twentieth century as an industrial city, one of the few that saw such a huge expansion of industry within the county. The city itself covers a square area of forty square miles, where it sits above the five hundred elevation mark. It is estimated that the population floats around forty thousand, but is sure to increase come time of the 2020 census to take place.
The town itself was birthed during the postbellum era when a company called the Bessemer Land and Improvement Company (named after the owner and CEO Henry Bessemer and his partner, the coal magnate Henry F. DeBardeleben). Through a series of transactions, the company absorbed Daniel Pratt’s land investments, where the land previously owned by Pratt took up the entire area of which is now known as Bessemer. In 1887, the mayor and councilmen of Bessemer voted to incorporate the city, and soon the town was known to be a part of Birmingham.
The area is well known for is iron ore, coal, and limestone deposits, a critical reason why coal magnates like DeBardeleben took interest in the area. Soon, once it was known that the area was rich in these materials, steelmaking and industry took off in 1890 and continued through to this day. Many rural migrants from the South looking to rebuild their homes after the Civil War saw Bessemer and the jobs it contained as an important step in the right direction. By the time of the fifties in the last century, Bessemer held a large African American population. Among its own state, Bessemer boasted the largest population in Alabama in 1900. It was also well known for its major economic investments, most of which were manufacturing, and manufacturing products. Only ten years after it was given the title for the most populous area, ore mining, smelting, and manufacturing were the chief industries. In addition, truck farming was an important industry, as was agriculture. Both whites and blacks were drawn to the city looking for factory work, but most blacks moved to industrial jobs and sought to be a part of workers’ unions. Eventually, technology industries moved to Bessemer and transitioned the economy to the digital era.
Be sure not to mow too often. If you mow too often, it's gonna hurt your grass.
No fence, except for garden. The yard is small but uneven. Needs weed eating.
Please cut inside the fence. There is no pet in the yard.