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Sloss Furnaces

 
 
Sloss Furnaces Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 25, 2009
1. Sloss Furnaces Marker
Inscription. The crossing of railroads in 1872 adjacent to this site gave rise to the industrial city of Birmingham. In 1881 Alabama railroad magnate and entrepreneur James Withers Sloss, capitalizing on the unusual coincidence of coal, iron ore and limestone in the area, founded the Sloss Furnace Company as an iron manufacturer and built blast furnaces beside the railroad crossing. Production of pig iron at Sloss Furnaces began in 1882 and continued for almost 90 years. Early 20th century additions to the facility represent important technological developments in the iron-making process and serve as a monument to the thousands who have worked in Birmingham industry.

Donated to the City of Birmingham in 1971 by Jim Walter Corporation, the Sloss Furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981.
 
Erected 1984 by Birmingham Historical Society in Cooperation with the Sloss Furnace Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 33° 31.284′ N, 86° 47.412′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11) near 32nd Street North. Click for map. Marker located
Entrance To Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 14, 2009
2. Entrance To Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
just inside the gated entrance to the grounds of Sloss Furnaces next to the gift Shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: Twenty 32nd Street North, Birmingham AL 35222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duncan House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blast Furnace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casting Pigs (about 300 feet away); The Stock Trestle (about 300 feet away); Slag (about 400 feet away); Ironmaking (about 400 feet away); Stock Trestle/Tunnel (about 400 feet away); The Gas System (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  More About Sloss Furnaces Historic Landmark. (Submitted on October 21, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 11, 2007
3. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
The Railroad and Sloss Furnaces image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 2, 2009
4. The Railroad and Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnace. Pig Iron Ready to Ship, Birmingham, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. Sloss Furnace. Pig Iron Ready to Ship, Birmingham, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,774 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   5. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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