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Birmingham, Alabama: The Sloss Furnaces Team Field Report

20 32nd St. N., Birmingham, AL
Take 1st Ave./US 11/Hwy 7 northeast of downtown, over the viaduct, and past the Furnaces on the right. Turn left onto 34th St., then left onto 2nd Ave., then left again onto 32nd St. Drive to the overpass. The entrance to Sloss is directly under the overpass; turn right and follow underneath to get to the parking lot.
T-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4. Lit at night. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Rust-red pipes of giant outdoor former ironworks furnaces.

The Sloss Furnaces

Heaven for those who love exploring industrial ruins. Wander around an immense, rusting, turn-of-the-20th-century blast furnace. And don't fret about trespassing; it's a national historic landmark. Report... [09/05/2010]

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The Sloss Furnaces

Make sure you call and check ahead, Apparently they will close the facility for just a private event. Drove 6 hours for nothing.

[Jeff, 09/16/2023]
The Sloss Furnaces

Really big place, but also real creepy. There used to be an urban legend that the place shut down in October because it was just too spooky that time of year. Not sure if that still holds up.

[Scotty, 06/05/2022]

Rust-red tanks and pipes, and silver water tower, of giant outdoor former ironworks furnaces.

Sloss Furnaces

Old pig-iron blast furnaces from 1882-1971 are now on the National Register of Historic Places. A huge complex; tours are self-guided. These are the first furnaces in the U.S. to be preserved and restored (or at least left alone) for public use. Plan on spending over an hour to tour the site.

[sfrancia, 02/24/2015]

Rust-red pipes of giant outdoor former ironworks furnaces.

The Sloss Furnaces

The ruins are quite the labyrinth, with something oversized and amazing around every corner and all nooks and crannies. It is difficult to imagine the scale of the operation in its heyday, let alone the number of workers.

New items include large iron sculptures, fountains and smaller pieces to take home. There is an annual BBQ festival in August as a fundraiser now.

[Katharine Chestnut, 07/04/2010]

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