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“Not so creepy!”

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Ranked #11 of 93 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic iron manufacturing facility
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6 reviews
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“Not so creepy!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We looked around Sloss furnace for several hours and never saw anything but it was during the day. Except for during October and concerts they only let you go there during daylight hours now. (They say for safety) I'd definitely go back but just don't expect to be scared.

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Marietta, Georgia
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“Wonderful Place To Visit... And It's Free”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I loved this place… an old industrial complex is right up my alley. You can just wander or around or take a tour. The old machinery is beautiful… works of art, really. And heck, it’s free – so if you don’t like it, you haven’t lost anything. The only caveat I would have is that if you have young children is to keep them close. This is an old factory that is exposed to the elements, and on top of that was build prior to safety codes. They also have a lovely little gift shop with very friendly people working in it. They also have an interpretive movie, which is a wee bit dated and goofy from a historical perspective, but it’s fine. If you’re going through or live in Birmingham, you really should stop by. To give you a little background, in the 1870s, Birmingham was developed because of the railroad and its proximity to the necessary resources to make iron (iron ore, coal, and limestone). As a railroad man, Colonel James Withers Sloss was instrumental in both convincing the L&N Railroad to come through the new town, and for building the City Furnaces. In April 1882, the furnaces started to blast, manufacturing award-winning pig iron. The operation was shut down in the early 1970s, but is preserved today as a National Historic Site.

Visited March 2013
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Toronto, Ontario
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48 reviews
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“Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was a great visit.

To start off, Sloss Furnaces is free to visit. For an industrial site that began in the late 19th-century, it's well preserved. You are allowed to roam most of the grounds, so we spent about 90 minutes here at a leisurely pace.

Get a map from the visitor center and/or read the plaques in the park to get better contest of the site and buildings.

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horton,al
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“halloween fun.”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

sloss furnace is a fun atmosphere for halloween and old fashion spook house. lots of twists and turns. young people enjoy it and the group we chaperoned had a blast.

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Roswell, Georgia, United States
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“Beginning of Birmingham”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

The city grew because of the Sloss Furnaces, so taking the self-guided tour into the bowels of the structure is very interesting. No problem finding it with a GPS, but needed to keep driving a little way more to find the entrance. This is a most unusual experience to see the inside of pig-iron furnaces, so don't miss it if you are in Birmingham.

Visited February 2013
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