Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Construction of the stock trestle/tunnel complex was part of the extensive modernization that Sloss carried out between 1927 and 1931. Much of the work focused on mechanizing the charging operations and equipment—the stock trestle/tunnel complex and the inclined skip hoists. It was here that raw materials were stored, weighed, and loaded into the furnace.
The 800-foot-long stock trestle was made of concrete and supported a dual-track rail line. Freight cars moved into the trestle and emptied raw materials into stock bins below. From there the stock was discharged into scale cars that ran on a rail line inside the concrete charging tunnel. The tunnel was 747 feet long and almost 11 feet high. The scale cars automatically weighed the stock and dumped it into skip cars, which moved up the inclined hoist and mechanically deposited the stock into the furnace. Before the mechanization raw materials were loaded into wheel barrows and taken by vertical elevator to the top of the furnace, where they were shoveled in by hand. The modernized charging operations were not only safer and more efficient,
"Down there in that hole it stayed dusty all the time, and water runs—by it being so low like that. The water runs along the side of the track all the time. And to me it seems like it went against your health to be down like that, because at that time they were putting coke in the furnace or either lime rock or scrap that they picked up. This whole place would be dusty down here. When you opened a door to catch that stuff coming out, it just hit down in the car. That stuff just hit down in there and you can't see nothin. You have to close the door up and wait to see how much you got down in there."
Erected by Sloss Furnaces Historic Landmark.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 33° 31.228′ N, 86° 47.446′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 32nd Street North and 2nd Avenue North, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on the grounds of the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 32nd Street North,, Birmingham AL 35222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Casting Pigs (a few steps from this marker); The Stock Trestle (a few steps from this marker); The Blast Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Slag (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gas System (within shouting distance of this marker); Boilers (within shouting distance of this marker); Racial Terrorism and Convict Leasing / Racial Violence at Brookside Mines (within shouting distance of this marker); Ironmaking (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
More about this marker. One can find this marker to the south and below Furnace Number 1 next to the ladle car tracks.
Also see . . . Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Landmark website homepage (Submitted on October 6, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.