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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Bessemer.

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Bessemer to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Bessemer to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Bessemer to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bessemer to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 78 miles [125.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,565 miles [10,565.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,274 miles [11,706.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,151 miles [8,289.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bessemer ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Bessemer.

While the name Bessemer is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Florida

Martin County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the Southeast

Michigan

Gogebic County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 919 miles [1,479 km] to the North

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Guilford County   [Map]
Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the East Northeast

Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Athens County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Bessemer   [Map]
Distance: About 947 miles [1,524 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the Northeast

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the North Northeast

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 620 miles [997.8 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Botetourt County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Botetourt County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Berkeley County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Berkeley County   [Map]
Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the Northeast

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Wyoming

Natrona County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Natrona County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,241 miles [1,997.2 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bessemer ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cloverdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Bessemer   [Map]
Flint Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hickory Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Laceys Chapel   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Pine Crest   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Rice   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rockdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Shady Brook   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Skyview   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Bessemer. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Mary Anderson
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<8>
 
Mary Badham
  Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer
 
Frances Westerman Bergen
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at an age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen
 
Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)
  Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter
 
William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
 
Dennis Edwards
  Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield (Alabama) on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at an age of 75.

Fairfield [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards
 
Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer
 
Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
 
Tod Griffin     (Born as Arthur Griffin)
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 15, 1919 and died in Bishop (California) on Tueday April 23, 2002 at an age of 83.

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer
 
Wayne Rogers
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Friday April 7, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday December 31, 2015 at an age of 82. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
 
George 'Mule' Suttles
  Negro League Baseball. He was born in Blockton Junc (Alabama) on Saturday March 31, 1900 and died in Newark (New Jersey) on Saturday July 9, 1966 at an age of 66. He was buried at Glendale Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey) [Map].

Blockton Junc [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Mule' Suttles
 
Kevin Turner
  Professional football. He was born in Prattville (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1969 and died in Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Thursday March 24, 2016 at an age of 46. He was buried at Prattville Memorial Gardens (Autauga County, Alabama) [Map].

Vestavia Hills [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner
 
Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pascagoula (Mississippi) on Sunday September 22, 1918 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday August 8, 1999 at an age of 80. He was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Saint Clair County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Bessemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bessemer. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Bessemer. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bessemer) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bessemer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bessemer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessemer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3714, Longitude: -86.9708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessemer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Bessemer to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.768 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.374 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.395 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bessemer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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