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