Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
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  • Tess
    Pueblo, Colorado23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitey worth going to!
    It did not allow me to put the accurate date. I went back in 2017 during the summer. I had a great time. I investigate the paranormal and Loss had been on my bucket list for some time. Sloss Furnaces is full of history and spirits and the people there are beyond friendly, and took time to talk about the place. My favorite spot to check out was the tunnel and Big Alice!
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Anonymous855
    1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous restoration, take the tour!
    Plan ahead and be there to take the $10 pp tour. It made a huge difference in us being able to navigate this huge complex and piece together the industrial process and historical story. I love that it is free to everyone and the grounds are well maintained. Being a Detroit girl, I loved the factory type experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • auburn67
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iron manufacturing
    I visited with an 11 year old grandson. It was a hot, humid summer day. The tour is mostly a walking one outside. The visitor guide is well done and gets you through the area very well with good information. I always wondered about how iron was made and now I have at least a general idea. Admission is free though they welcome donations. I would allow about an hour and a half for a leisurely, informative visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Dewayne P
    Elizabethtown, Kentucky1,886 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ghost of a facility
    This was an interesting stop. I had no idea what it was, but I had time to kill before a Baron's game and saw a sign so figured I'd check it out. There is free parking and free admission. Upon entry to the visitor's center there is a film on loop to talk about the site and self-guided tour brochures to assist you walking the grounds.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 7, 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,717 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Piece of History
    This was on our to-do list for over a year - and it did not disappoint! Closed the first time we went to Birmingham, we made sure to visit a second time when it would be open. I can't say we were there very long, but it's a fascinating historical site with great photo opportunities!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Birmingham was known as the “Iron City” back in the day due to the proximity of all the necessary raw materials. Pig iron is a slightly less-pure version of high-carbon steel. The “pig” designation has to do with the appearance of the pouring process. Sand molds were created on a downhill slope, so that the molten metal would flow, due to gravity, and fill all the molds. The metal molds apparently looked like piglets suckling on a sow, and that is how the name stuck. A self-guided tour directs you through the predominantly intact iron works, describing how the overall process works and what each piece of equipment contributed. It is really cool to be able to walk amongst all of the piping, furnaces, etc. And you do need to be careful walking around as the potential to injure yourself is higher than normal. As a process chemist, I found the installation fascinating, and marveled at how much of the equipment bears a striking resemblance to the steel in the ground at my production facility. I think the shear size of everything will awe your kids as well. We didn’t get a chance to walk through the visitor center as it was closed for a private event. There is a lot of info in there, explaining the history of the man, the industry, and Birmingham. Highly recommended.
Written October 5, 2020
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jackbauerTX
Saltillo, MS338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Went here on a wed afternoon and it was fantastic. This is a living museum that is free to the public. You see the history, mans engineering mind, and living structures of how the backbone of America was built. I highly recommend if you are in the area. It’s worth 1 to 1.5 hrs depending on your interest level.
Written March 11, 2020
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Linja
Mobile, AL371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This place really made me appreciate our modern day lives! People in the past worked in very dangerous places to put food on the table. Convicts were used as slave labor.

There's a small area where you check in with some historical info and art pieces and then you can walk all around the Sloss Furnaces. A photo shoot was going on when we were there. It was a beautiful day and the red rusty color of the towers were a wonderful contrast to the blue sky making for great photos. We pretty much had the place to ourselves.

There is no admission and parking was easy.
Written February 14, 2022
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Amy V
122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a really interesting place..We did the self guided tour and admittedly, we were intrigued and googling facts as we went. We took a number of pictures, but none of them did it justice in capturing its rustic beauty. And size. As an adult, I could really appreciate what it must’ve taken to build something so large in that time. I probably wouldn’t drive to B’ham to do just this, but it’s an interesting stop if you’re in the area.
Written August 14, 2021
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HappyCampersNH
Dover, NH287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Very cool look into the factories that built America. The self guided tour is well laid out with good information. The visitor center had a movie (unavailable at our visit due to school trips) that we were told is available on-line and a small hands on "museum" with cleverly written information. The star however is the actual furnaces/buildings themselves. I can't imagine how hot, dangerous and noisy this facility would have been when operating. An added "bonus" was that a movie was being filmed on location so we were able to see a bit of that process also. Wear good shoes as this is an outdoor industrial site.
Written March 1, 2023
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monswall
Plano, TX84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We found this open after two other more distant options were closed on a Tuesday. This a walking tour in and between buildings with some steps. Each area in this National Historic Landmark has a thorough labelled drawing and full written explanation of the buildings, processes, and workers. I learned how Birmingham got its nickname and saw photos of the finished products. This site even explained why there is a statue of Vulcan in the city.
Wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat and your water to walk the site after checking into the visitors center. If you cannot resist going off route, climbing anything that catches your eye, choose a different attraction.
Written June 7, 2022
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auburn67
Georgia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I visited with an 11 year old grandson. It was a hot, humid summer day. The tour is mostly a walking one outside. The visitor guide is well done and gets you through the area very well with good information. I always wondered about how iron was made and now I have at least a general idea. Admission is free though they welcome donations. I would allow about an hour and a half for a leisurely, informative visit.
Written July 19, 2023
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Nordic
81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The property really does have a creepy/heavy vibe to it and is definitely worth seeing. Also, unlike some "haunted" places, the property is well lit, secured, and cleaned up nicely (unfortunately this does take away from the authenticity). The brewing co across the street has a ton of seating and is great for watching trains and getting a good view of Sloss.
Written January 18, 2020
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JDog584
Waterbury, CT123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I visited the Sloss Furnaces site in October 2021 during a trip to Alabama. I almost didn't make it here because I needed to get to the airport to fly home and boy am I glad I decided to stop and check this place out. It is absolutely amazing! I am not sure how many times I said "wow" or "unbelievable" at the things I was seeing. The entire time that I was here I kept imagining what the place sounded like when it was operating. The level of preservation, the pamphlet that took you along the self guided tour with information about each stop, and the little attention to detail such as the railings that allowed you to easily make your way around was top notch. Admission is also free. There is a donation box when you check in. I highly recommend you stop at this place. I had no idea what a place like this could entail while I was heading there and I was just blown away.
Written October 9, 2021
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Tess
Pueblo, CO23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
It did not allow me to put the accurate date. I went back in 2017 during the summer. I had a great time. I investigate the paranormal and Loss had been on my bucket list for some time. Sloss Furnaces is full of history and spirits and the people there are beyond friendly, and took time to talk about the place. My favorite spot to check out was the tunnel and Big Alice!
Written June 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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