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Whiskeytown or Whiskey Town was an unincorporated area just east of Bessemer and north of Lipscomb which thrived as a district of saloons, shothouses, gambling dens and brothels during periods when liquor sales were subject to local prohibition.

Those prohibitions were removed in the late 1890s, allowing a new rush of saloons to open in the center of Bessemer.


  • Bass, S. Jonathan (2017) He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotton Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty. New York: Liveright Publishing ISBN 9781631492372