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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
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Historical Highlights of Birmingham
Ranked #11 of 96 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Historic iron manufacturing facility
Reviewed 1 September 2013

One of the coolest places we have been for ghost hunting! I got more EVP recording here than any other spot we have been to. (Including Savannah!) Love the fact that you are left to your own to wander about the property. I plan on coming back in the winter when there are less people milling about. LOVED IT!

Thank tecoya
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"self guided tour"
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"haunted house"
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"pig iron"
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"industrial site"
in 16 reviews
"blast furnace"
in 9 reviews
"working conditions"
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"industrial age"
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"visitor center"
in 15 reviews
"underground tunnel"
in 4 reviews
"photographers dream"
in 4 reviews
"learn how"
in 6 reviews
"welcome center"
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"own pace"
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"an engineer"
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"an interesting place"
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"cell phone"
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"steel industry"
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Sloss furnaces preserves an important part of Birmingham and national history. It was fascinating to look at the decrepit equipment and get a sense of the massive effort required to make pig iron. Without much discussion, it is clear that the workers slaved under harsh conditions there.

The day we arrived was hot. There was an air-conditioned welcome center, although the person wasn't very welcoming. We watched a mediocre movie, which didn't go into the sort of detail about the manufacturing I would have liked to have heard. Afterwards, we were left on our own to go around the site.

The map and the markers didn't seem to correspond well, and we were often confused what we were looking at. The placards are too brief. The whole site could present more information. One could call a cell phone number to get verbal descriptions, but we found our signal wasn't good enough.

I suspect that most of the rave reviews here are people who did ghost tours. It would be good for that.

I'm glad the site is preserved, and I appreciate that the whole adventure was free. It's worth stopping by and walking through for an hour.

2  Thank MusicMan14
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We love visiting Sloss Furnaces. As a photographer, its a challenging place to shoot. It does however challenge you as a photographer to be creative in your photography to come up with something different. Its an interesting place just to visit with a LOT of history. My son loves to visit because the facility is surrounded on all sides by busy railroads so he usually get to see several trains and from the safety of being inside a fence away from the railroad. There is a lot of metal art on display that was made on site. My favorite area is now closed to the public without a guided tour, which I suspect wouldn't be conducive to photography. That area is the blowing engine room. The light and the windows in this building were awesome for photography. However its inconsiderate visitors that don't care to take care of such awesome places going in and vandalizing that got it closed to those of us that respect these places. One of the best features still open is the underground tunnel. That is such a neat place to go. Ofcourse if your into paranormal this is supposed to be the most haunted place in Alabama, although you couldn't prove it by me.

Thank Lori W
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Visited Sloss during an event held there by Ghost Hunt Week-Ends. Originally was only interested in the haunted history of the location but after spending some time at the location, I became very interested in the history of Birmingham's furnaces. The staff of Sloss was very friendly and informative of the history of the place. I would like to visit again, in the day time, so I can get a better feel for importance of the place.

Thank ghostgirl74
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I love the history here and how well it has been restored. They have iron pours a few times a year for children and school groups, that is amazing if you get an opportunity to participate. The best part is it is free. What better way to learn about history without spending money, rare these days.

Thank tpayne20
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