The Jefferson County government created a Bessemer division with its own courthouse in 1920. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Bessemer is located about 15 miles southwest of Birmingham.
Courtesy of Jimmy Emerson
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALABAMA
Welcome to your free, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. This site offers articles on Alabama's famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.