The Birmingham Police have over 100 recorded reports of unexplainable activity that has been experienced by people while at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama over the years. And those are just the ones that have been reported...

Between the years of 1882 to 1971 Sloss Furnace, and its employees, were tasked with turning coal and ore into steel. That steel went on to shape the industrial revolution, from New York skyscrapers, to bridges in the south, Sloss Furnace had a hand in it all.

But the cost was great. 


Sloss was known as an inhumanly terrible place to work, and the worst of the worst was the Graveyard Shift foreman, James “Slag” Wormwood. 

“During the stifling summer months, temperatures throughout the plant would reach more than 120 degrees.  Lack of sleep, the heat, and low visibility made working the furnace literally a "living hell" and only the poorest of workers, desperate for employment, would work it.

To impress his supervisors, Wormwood would make his workers take dangerous risks, forcing them to speed up production. During his reign, 47 workers lost their lives, ten times more than any other shift in the history of the furnace.  Countless others lost their ability to work due to accidents, mishaps, and even a recorded explosion in the small blowing engine house in 1888 that left 6 workers burned blind.

There were no breaks, there were no holidays, there was only the furnace.and its constant hunger for more and more coal.” - Fright Furnace

In October 1906, Slag fell from the top of the largest furnace (Big Alice), and fell into a giant pool of melting ore. Needless to say his body dissolved into nothing in half a second flat. According to the legend, the workers may have been driven too far, and for revenge “fed him to the furnace.” 

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Since then the ghost of Slag has continued to torment from beyond the grave. There have been many stories from past employees about being shoved from behind by invisible hands, or hearing the sound of a man screaming “get back to work” when there should be no one there at all. 

“Probably the most horrifying tale occurred in 1971, when the night before the plant closed, Samuel Blumenthal, the Sloss Night Watchman, who was nostalgically taking a last look about, found himself face to face with "the most frightening thing he had ever seen."  He described it simply as "evil", a "half man/half demon" who tried to push him up the stairs. When Blumenthal refused, the monster began to beat on him with his fists.

Upon examination by Dr. Jack Barlo, Blumenthal was found covered with intense burns.  He died before ever returning to Sloss." - Fright Furnace

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Today the furnace is a historic monument, with day and nighttime tours of the building and grounds. If you’re looking for something truly terrifying, Sloss Furnace and the ghost of Slag will not disappoint. Only the bravest need visit!


Want to visit more haunted places around the U.S.? How about Bachelors Grove Cemetery

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Or The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery

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Or, last but not least, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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