Alabama 'Day at the Depot' set for October

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BESSEMER, Ala. – The Bessemer Hall of History Museum has announced its sixth annual "Day at the Depot," to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. The museum is located in the restored former Alabama Great Southern passenger depot, which sits next to the Norfolk Southern mainline running through Bessemer, just southwest of Birmingham.

The Birmingham-Bessemer area has history as both a railroad and steel-making center. Iron and steel giant Henry Fairfield DeBardeleben founded the city in 1886, and built several blast furnaces for his Coal and Iron Company. He purchased 4,000 acres of land in 1887, and laid out the boundaries of the city, locating along the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, which evolved into today’s Norfolk Southern. The depot was restored, and the history museum opened in 1969. The museum collection includes an extensive archive of photographs, early newspapers, clothing, and artifacts highlighting Bessemer’s history as a mining, steelmaking, and rail center.

The "Day at the Depot" event will include opportunities to tour the museum, and will feature a car and motorcycle show, at which all makes and models are welcome. There is a $20 entry fee for the first car or bike, and trophies will be awarded for the top three cars and bikes chosen by popular vote. And, the adjacent NS mainline will offer excellent opportunities for train watching.

More information is available at the museum's website.
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