Adger, Alabama

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Adger
unincorporated community
Adger is located in Alabama
Adger
Adger
Coordinates: 33°22′37″N 87°05′37″W / 33.37694°N 87.09361°W / 33.37694; -87.09361Coordinates: 33°22′37″N 87°05′37″W / 33.37694°N 87.09361°W / 33.37694; -87.09361
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson County
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
ZIP code 35006
GNIS feature ID 1921723[1]

Adger is an unincorporated crossroads community in Jefferson County, Alabama, southwest of Birmingham.

Adger has a post office, two grocery stores, and several churches. Local businesses include construction, roofing, plumbing, hauling, and heavy equipment operation.

The community is served by a volunteer fire department as well as a Neighborhood Watch office, which doubles as a working office for Jefferson County sheriff's deputies who patrol the area. It is governed by the Jefferson County Commission and the various departments and facets of the County Government.

History[edit]

The town is named for Andrew M. Adger, originally of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Adger moved to Bessemer, Alabama, when he became an investor in and secretary-treasurer of the Bessemer Land & Improvement Company. He also was an operating officer of the Debardeleben Coal & Iron Company. Adger is a rural community that arose in the late 1880s during development of Debardeleben's Adger, Johns, and Belle Sumter mines in the Blue Creek Coal Basin. The mines were operating at their peak in the early Twentieth Century. The Black Diamond Mine also operated in the Adger community along Blue Creek road where the mine's Hoist Tipple and Portal were located about 100 yards west of the Old Blue Creek Baptist Church. Since the closing of the mines the community has seen both periodic growth and decline. Currently ( March 2013 ) the Adger, Johns, Sumter and Black Diamond Coal mine sites are being strip mined by Durmmond Coal's Twin Pines Mining Company and only a few concrete foundations remain, hidden in the thick privet growth, that hint back to the original mining interest.

Geography[edit]

Its location is about 5.0 miles (8.0 km) northwest and about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from Interstates 20/59 which merge in Northeast Jefferson County and run through Jefferson County into Tuscaloosa County and northward into Walker County. It is the former location of Oak Grove High School on Lock 17 Road. An F5 tornado destroyed it on April 8, 1998. City-Data.com reports the area to be 131 square miles (340 km2) with a population density of 23 per square mile. The zip code is 35006.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Adger has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [2]

Climate data for Adger, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 12
(53)
14
(58)
19
(66)
24
(75)
28
(82)
32
(89)
33
(91)
33
(91)
30
(86)
24
(76)
19
(66)
13
(56)
23.4
(74.1)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
1
(33)
4
(40)
9
(48)
14
(57)
18
(65)
20
(68)
20
(68)
17
(62)
10
(50)
4
(40)
1
(33)
9.8
(49.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 150
(5.9)
132
(5.2)
160
(6.3)
130
(5)
119
(4.7)
114
(4.5)
135
(5.3)
99
(3.9)
107
(4.2)
91
(3.6)
119
(4.7)
130
(5.1)
1,486
(58.4)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Government[edit]

The governmental body which oversees Adger is the Jefferson County Commission.

There is a Courthouse (Annex) located in downtown Bessemer with a Probate Office and courtrooms. The main courthouse and most of the county services and offices are located in downtown Birmingham, which is approximately 26 miles (42 km) to the North East.

Adger lies within the boundaries of the "Bessemer Cut-off Area" and law enforcement is managed by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, under the command of County Sheriff Mike Hale.

Economy[edit]

Adger is situated in the midst of the iron ore and coal district of Alabama. Coal is still mined in and around Adger by means of underground and strip mining. Steel is manufactured in nearby cities as well. Local mines include Jim Walter #3; Oak Grove Mine; and Shannon Mine.

Demographics[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the area (ZIP code 35006) had a population of 3,109 in the year 2000. The Median Age of its residents was 37.5 yrs with 92.3% White; 6.4% Black; 0.4% Hispanic; 0.9% Other. Updated figures for 2006 are not available from the Census Bureau.

Transportation[edit]

Several trucking companies are located within the area and the entire county is served by rail and air transportation. Bessemer Airport is just south of here and Birmingham International Airport is approximately 30 miles (48 km) to the Northeast, along I-20/59.

Education[edit]

There are no public schools located in Adger. The Oak Grove Schools which were located approximately ten miles north from here until an F5 tornado destroyed them on April 8, 1998. They reopened as separate buildings two years later. It is within easy driving distance of several private schools in this area and approximately 45 minutes from several universities including UAB, located downtown Birmingham, and University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa.

Media[edit]

Adger has numerous television and radio stations located in and around the cities of Birmingham and Bessemer. Newspapers for the area include the Birmingham News, The Western Star, and The Western Tribune.

Religion[edit]

Adger is home to several churches, including Adger Baptist, Adger Church of God, Adger Holiness, and Bible Comes to Life. Most facilities are new or updated and several of the churches combine each year for a Community Revival.

Points of interest[edit]

Adger is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from WaterMark Outlet Mall and Alabama Adventure (formerly VisionLand). Alabama Adventure has rides, shops, attractions, and a Water Park.

Adger is approximately 10 miles (16 km) from a new state of the art shopping facility located along I-459 between Bessemer and McCalla. The shopping center will host a multiplex theater and several top name retailers.

The Bessemer Civic Center, which hosts many concerts, homeshows, etc. is located at exit 108 along I20/59, and is approximately 7 miles (11 km) from the heart of Adger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adger". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Adger, Alabama
  3. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on November 3, 2013.