Situated in a valley, Bessemer was incorporated as a village in 1887, and as a city in 1889 when it reached a population of more than 2,500. It developed after the opening of the Colby Mine and the completion in 1884 of the Chicago and North Western Railroad through here to Ironwood. The setting off of Gogebic from Ontonagon County and the selection of Bessemer as the seat of county government in 1887 enhanced the growth of the region.
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