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Sloss Furnaces - The Furnace Birmingham Alabama Has Housed For Over A Century

Updated on May 14, 2015

1906 Sloss Furnaces - The Furnace in Birmingham Alabama

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The Furnace Birmingham Housed For Over 100 Years. James Sloss - Founder of Sloss Furnaces

Col. James Withers Sloss. Founder of Sloss Furnaces.
Col. James Withers Sloss. Founder of Sloss Furnaces. | Source

Sloss Furnaces, A National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.

For nearly 100 years the furnace in Birmingham which produced the most pig iron was Sloss Furnace. The pig iron which Sloss Furnaces sold was used mainly in railroad development for the first six years of operation from 1880 to 1886.

In 1880 Colonel James Withers Sloss, who was one of the founders of Birmingham decided to start his own company called the Sloss Furnace Company. The furnace Burmingham Alabama had just acquired would soon start producing pig iron to help support railroad development in Jones Valley, a neighboring city also in Alabama. Sloss Furnace Company was constructed on 50 acres of land in 1880 and the first blast at the new Sloss Furnaces was in April of 1882. Producing roughly 24 thousand tons of iron of high quality its first year alone, Sloss Furnace was on its way to becoming one of the largest blast furnace companies in all of Alabama.

In 1886 Sloss Furnace was sold to a group of investors and soon Sloss Furnace was completely rebuilt with at the time state of the art furnace equipment. In 1952 the Sloss Furnaces were given ownership to the US Pipe and Foundry Company. Two decades later Sloss Furnace was sold again. In the 1960s Sloss Furnace was in the cross hairs of new legislation which promoted and enforced cleaner environmental regulations. Sloss Furnace had its days numbered from this era on.

Now these days Sloss Furnace is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham Alabama which may be visited and explored to a great degree. Because of some of the exposure the furnace birmingham has brought as of late such as staring in an episode of The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" among other Sloss Furnace documentaries, the furnaces Birmingham has to offer are more accessible than ever before. Haunted Sloss Furnace events are held every year, tours are held year long, and private events may be planned.


The information here has been derived for the purpose of promoting Sloss Furnace recognition to our great country and an era when men and women risked their lives day in and day out building America! Please, visit Sloss Furnace if you do travel to Birmingham in the future. The Sloss Furnaces are really a great, interesting place to have a great family adventure or to experience the reported haunted furnace in Birmingham Alabama.

Travel and visitation information as well as more is available below.

Sloss Furnaces - The Furnace Birmingham Alabama Made Famous

Wide shot of the main factory at Sloss Furnaces. Visit the picture link for more information.
Wide shot of the main factory at Sloss Furnaces. Visit the picture link for more information. | Source

Sloss Furnace Information and History

Sloss Furnace is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Furnaces operated out of Birmingham for nearly 100 years from 1880 to around 1962.

Sloss Furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981 and opened in Sept of 1983 for public admission to operate as a museum run by the City of Birmingham.

No original buildings from 1880-1901 exist. The oldest building remaining was constructed in 1902 housing 8 steam engines used to force air into the blast furnaces.

Sloss Furnace is the only site in the United States which is a twentieth-century blast furnace recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Tours and visitation is encouraged year round as any National Landmark is. Read below to learn how you and your family can visit this exceptional furnace Birmingham Alabama helped make famous!


The Furnace in Birmingham Alabama makes and excellent stop on anyone's road trip itinerary!

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http://www.theartoftheroadtrip.com/day-3-birmingham/ We are Jay and Erin Delaney, and we left Ohio on April 16, 2012, to take a three month road trip across the USA.... | Source

Sloss Furnaces Pig Iron Pour Videos

At Sloss Furnaces you can take a Sloss Furnaces tour on an iron pour where they recreate part of the original Sloss Furnaces pig iron production routine for a fee. Please visit the Official Sloss Furnaces website HERE for more information on tours and pricing for all Sloss Furnaces tours.

Below are some recent Sloss Furnace Iron Pours from their paid tours at Sloss Furnaces. All videos of pig iron pours at Sloss Furnaces are properties of their respective parties and are for educational purpose only.

Iron pour at The Furnace in Birmingham AL

Sloss Furnaces - The Furnace Birmingham Alabama Helped Make Famous Iron Pour 2012

Sloss Furnaces Iron pour

Sloss Furnaces Tours and Guides

Sloss Furnaces offers a variety of tours (some of which are guided and some of which are not) that are sure to meet the needs for everyone's day trip agendas. Scheduling tours at Sloss Furnaces and possibly sending in a reservation fee ahead of time to Sloss Furnaces are required with some of the tour packages at Sloss Furnaces so be sure to read the entire description below each tour or guide on the Sloss Furnaces Tours webpage.

Sloss Furnaces - The Furnace Birmingham Helped Make Famous - Tours and Guides

Tour Type
Dates and Times
Important Information
School Field Trips $4/ person per 60 minute tour. 15 person minimum, or price is $5/ person
Tuesday-Friday 10am-2:30pm
60 minute tour of the furnace, underground railroad tunnel, and blowing engine. Large machinery which was used by Sloss Furnaces is explained in detail. Reservations needed two weeks in advanced.
Public Guided Sloss Furnaces Tours $ FREE / person
Saturday & Sunday 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
60 minute tour. No reservations needed. Call ahead to ensure availability.
Self Guided Sloss Furnaces Tour $ FREE/ person
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm / Sunday 12pm-4pm
60 minute tour. No reservations or deposits required.
Sloss Furnaces Iron Pour Tours $17/ student & $6/ chaperone
Wednesday (Spring and Fall only) Some Weekends and by special appointment (contact for dates)
120 minute tour. Deposit Due At Time of Reservation. Full balance due 2 weeks before your field trip to Sloss Furnaces.
Rental - Venues / Various Venues and Prices are available for different areas at Sloss Furnaces. Uses are for events such as business parties, weddings, or other various medium to large sized events.
Strictly by reservations only.
Direct Contact information may be found at the Sloss Furnaces Website
Pricing is at the time of publishing May 2015. Current pricing is available here at Sloss Furnaces Official Website. http://slossfurnaces.com/tours/guided-tours/

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Trek Birmingham has great information on their website about Sloss Furnaces and also many other great ideas of things to do in Birmingham Alabama.
Trek Birmingham has great information on their website about Sloss Furnaces and also many other great ideas of things to do in Birmingham Alabama. | Source

Sloss Furnaces Ghost Adventures Episode

During an earlier season of the Travel Channels TV Show 'Ghost Adventures' Sloss Furnaces was featured on a ghost investigation for the show. For those wanting to see Sloss Furnaces for paranormal reasons you will certainly have to contact Sloss Furnaces Staff before arriving for any investigations.

For those interested in the Sloss Furnaces Ghost Adventures Episode you may go here:

Ghost Adventures: Season 1, Episode 5

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      An amazing bit of history.

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