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About Bessemer

28,727 in city
1,212,848 in metro
105 km² (41 mi²)
Located in Jefferson County 15 miles southwest of downtown Birmingham, Henry F. DeBardeleben founded Bessemer in 1887. The city would grow to become a major player in the iron and steel industry due to iron ore, limestone, and coal being within a short radius of the city. In fact, the city grew at such a rapid pace that it earned the nickname "Marvel City" by the turn of the 20th century. Today a number of mills are still in operation within the community in addition to the city being the home of Alabama's lone theme park, Alabama Adventure.