B and I have lived in Birmingham for almost 9 years (in September!), yet neither one of us has ever toured Sloss Furnaces — one of the most historic landmarks in B’ham.
Sloss is the only twentieth-century blast furnace that has been preserved as historic site. Sloss Furnace was instrumental in giving Birmingham its nickname, “The Magic City,” as iron and steel are at the core of Birmingham’s history. In a time where Birmingham wasn’t known for being a conservationist city, the city rallied to open it as an industrial historic site.
Sloss has become more than just a historic site — it houses concerts, weddings and every Halloween you can run through it as it transforms into a haunted house — which you couldn’t pay me enough money to do. As well as being the foundation to why Birmingham got so famous, it is also notoriously known for its haunted grounds. Due to the nature of the job, a few people were killed on-site. (If you’ve ever watched Ghost Hunters, they’ve been here).
The self-guided tour is free, as is the guided one. The guided one only happens on Saturday and Sunday at 1, 2, and 3 pm. They also suggest making sure to call ahead to make sure they have a staff member to accommodate.
The pictures honestly don’t do the place justice. The beauty is everywhere here. To read more about Sloss, visit their website here.