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Adger
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson County
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
ZIP code 35006
GNIS feature ID 1921723

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

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

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

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.

Climate data for Adger, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 11.7
(53)
14.4
(58)
18.9
(66)
23.9
(75)
27.8
(82)
31.7
(89)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
30
(86)
24.4
(76)
18.9
(66)
13.3
(56)
23.3
(74)
Average low °C (°F) -1.1
(30)
0.6
(33)
4.4
(40)
8.9
(48)
13.9
(57)
18.3
(65)
20
(68)
20
(68)
16.7
(62)
10
(50)
4.4
(40)
0.6
(33)
10
(50)
Precipitation mm (inches) 150
(5.9)
132
(5.2)
160
(6.3)
127
(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)
1,483
(58.4)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

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

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.

Religion

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

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.


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