Historical Sloss Furnaces was at one point in time the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world.
According to the Sloss website, Sloss Furnaces operated from 1882-1970 making it the longest continually running blast furnace in Birmingham’s history.
Not only was Sloss important in regard to the economic history of Birmingham, it is a popular tourist destination for Birminghamians and travelers alike.
“Sloss is the prime example of the rich industrial history of Birmingham,” said historian Bill Ivey. “The entire downtown area was built around Sloss in the late 19th century.”
The facility itself is an intriguing destination, as one can explore the depths of the blast furnaces, towers, power house and tunnel with ease on site.
It is definitely a spot that one should consider visiting while in Birmingham, whether or not one spends thirty minutes or three hours at Sloss.