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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

1236, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, Alabama 35222 USA

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“19th-century blast furnaces!”

Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation. The site currently serves as an interpretive museum of industry and hosts a nationally recognized metal arts program. It also serves as a concert and festival venue. Construction is also underway on a new $10 million visitors center. The furnace site, along a wide strip of land reserved in Birmingham's original city plan for railroads and industry, is also part of a proposed linear park through downtown Birmingham. An annual Halloween haunted attraction called "Sloss Fright Furnace" is held at the site. Once a year, Sloss Furnaces hosts a "Ghost Tour" based on a story written by Alabama folklorist Kathryn Tucker Windham. Sloss Furnaces has been investigated by Ghost Adventures from Travel Channel and also by Syfy's Ghost Hunters.  The furnace has been the site of over 70 gruesome deaths, which most paranormal investigators attribute to the violent hauntings that infest the location.  Perhaps the most awful death of them all was a man who found himself sucked into the gears of a flywheel and slowly ground into mush.

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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

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September 16, 2014
Rated 4.0

Sloss Furnace is supposed to be haunted by the spirit of 70 men who died while working at the facility... and most famously by a man who was mashed to death when he was accidentally sucked into some of the equipment. To this day his screams have been heard by countless ghost hunters. There have been many reports of people being kicked, scratched, touched, and even in some cases possessed. It's an insanely beautiful building, and the pictures do not do it justice.

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Reviewed by
shockrina

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October 09, 2013

This is absolutely breath taking during the day to take photos of. Lots of nooks and cranies to get into to get photos.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dinkum Tribe

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July 29, 2021
Rated 5.0

Fascinating look into the iron ore industry that shaped Birmingham. All the kids and adults in our group from ages 1-40 enjoyed exploring. The visitors center in nice and air conditioned, yay!

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Reviewed by
TheFrenches

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June 01, 2021

Sloss Furnaces is an amazing trip back in time! The site is free to walk around and explore. There is also an audio tour. Reported to be haunted. We have had several paranormal experiences there over the years. Definitely check out "the tunnel"! Lots of community events, performances, metal workshops, ghost tales, and Sloss Fright Furnace (during the Halloween season)! Do not miss this on your trip to Birmingham.

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Reviewed by
paigemckennarichmond

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October 12, 2020
Rated 5.0

One of my FAVORITE spots to visit! It was unexpected but so worth it. We went during the day as to avoid the haunting feeling but you could feel the supernatural in the air. The self-guided tour was free and informational. You have free reign of the entire compound as long as you are being safe and the gift shop inside that interesting artifact and information. A find like no other! 100% recommend!

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Reviewed by
belletravels

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May 30, 2019
Rated 4.0

Very cool & creepy industrial location that often hosts large local events

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Reviewed by
nogoats

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February 26, 2019
Rated 5.0

Very amazing tour.

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Reviewed by
tamar.fowler.7

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July 21, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great place to stop on a road trip for the stretching of legs and a little education at the same time. And free! Very cool and a great photo op!

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Reviewed by
nicolebentley83

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September 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful, spooky location. You can definitely feel a presence here, particularly for us in the tunnel beneath the furnace.

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Hipsnguns

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July 20, 2015
Rated 4.0

Sloss fest was this weekend and it was amazing! They have tours around the property as well as a ghost tour. Very interesting!

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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

1236, 20 32nd St N
Birmingham, Alabama
35222 USA

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  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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