Bessemer
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Title:Bessemer
History:Bessemer Post Office was established as Searight Post Office on January 13, 1888 in Carbon County prior to the formation of Natrona County. It was changed to Bessemer on June 18, 1888. It was discontinued on March 10, 1898 and its mail then handled by Casper Post Office. (Wyoming Post Offices) Established in 1888. At the first election in Natrona County in 1889, Bessemer was a candidate for the county seat. Six hundred sixty-seven votes were cast, but the county commissioners declared that more than three hundred of them were illegal and the vote of the entire precinct was thrown out. It is now one of Natrona County's "ghost towns." (Annals of Wyoming 14:3) Near Bessemer Bend is the site of Bessemer, a town established in the summer of 1888; optimistic citizens called it the 'Queen City of the West.' The Wyoming Improvement Company surveyed the site, platted 49 blocks of town lots, and reserved grounds 'upon which to erect the future capitol building of Wyoming.' For a time, the Casper-Bessemer stage made two trips daily. In 1889, when Natrona County was separated from Carbon County, Bessemer was a rival of Casper for county seat status. Two years later, the county took over the bridge across the North Platte River, because of unpaid taxes. Bessemer was soon abandoned. (Wyoming Guide)
County:Natrona
Feature Category:Manmade Features
Origin Of Name:Established in 1888, on a plateau north of Bessemer Bend, a scenic section of ranch country for which the town was named. (WPA) Several places ... named for Sir Henry Bessemer, who invented the process of reducing iron ore. (Gannett, 1905)Bessemer Post Office was established as Searight Post Office on January 13, 1888 in Carbon County prior to the formation of Natrona County. It was changed to Bessemer on June 18, 1888. It was discontinued on March 10, 1898 and its mail then handled by Casper Post Office. (Wyoming Post Offices) Established in 1888. At the first election in Natrona County in 1889, Bessemer was a candidate for the county seat. Six hundred sixty-seven votes were cast, but the county commissioners declared that more than three hundred of them were illegal and the vote of the entire precinct was thrown out. It is now one of Natrona County's "ghost towns." (Annals of Wyoming 14:3) Near Bessemer Bend is the site of Bessemer, a town established in the summer of 1888optimistic citizens called it the 'Queen City of the West.' The Wyoming Improvement Company surveyed the site, platted 49 blocks of town lots, and reserved grounds 'upon which to erect the future capitol building of Wyoming.' For a time, the Casper-Bessemer stage made two trips daily. In 1889, when Natrona County was separated from Carbon County, Bessemer was a rival of Casper for county seat status. Two years later, the county took over the bridge across the North Platte River, because of unpaid taxes. Bessemer was soon abandoned. (Wyoming Guide)
Topic:Annette Hein. Bessemer, Wyoming. WyoHistory.org
Link:Search Wyoming Places
Document ID:11141397

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