Southern Railway Terminal Station
Also known as: Bessemer Hall of History, Alabama Great Southern Railroad depot, Southern Railway depot1905 Alabama Ave., Bessemer, Alabama
+33.40125, -86.9501733°24'05" N, 86°57'01" W
The Bessemer Hall of History is a museum located in, and devoted to the history of, the city of Bessemer, Alabama.
The museum is housed in the former Alabama Great Southern Railroad (later Southern Railway) depot in downtown Bessemer. The depot, built by the AGS in 1916, served passengers until the Amtrak era began in the early 1970s. The building sat unused for several years, but was reopened by the city of Bessemer in 1985, and officially rededicated during the city's centennial observance in 1987. The museum houses a wide array of artifacts from the city's history as a mining, steelmaking, and industrial center.
The museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 28, 1973
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- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
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- May 25, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description