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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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Address: 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222-1236
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+1 205-324-1911
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12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Historic iron manufacturing facility

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Excellent if you enjoy historic places that are just as they were

I know this place well. Besides its paranormal history (yes, this place is quite haunted) it's just an excellent place to walk around, take in all the sights of the huge, old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
paranormalqueen41
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I know this place well. Besides its paranormal history (yes, this place is quite haunted) it's just an excellent place to walk around, take in all the sights of the huge, old machines. Friendly staff and helpful. Nice little video on what when on when this place was up and running. The underground tunnel is my favorite place, although very... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The self-guided tour takes visitors under, over and through the rusty conveyor belts, hoists, furnaces and buildings used when the Steel City was booming. The facility is wonderfully unimproved, giving visitors an amazingly authentic view of this bygone era as you walk along the shadowy walkways and open the creaking doors. It is not necessary to pick up the tour... More 

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Center Point, Alabama
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I remember visiting this Sloss Furnace during the month of October one year for Halloween it was the best. The way it is dressed up it is really scary even for an adult. Can't wait to visit it again this year.

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Burke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating look at a major important industry that began in the late 1800s. As I toured this huge labarynth, I kept thinking, "how on earth did they design and build this complex plant well over a hundred years ago, long before computer assisted design, etc.". The self guided tour takes you step by step through how a blast furnace works.... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This site let's you walk around an old iron furnace that was used from 1880s to 1970s. Does a great job of showing all the parts of an iron works. Fantastic site for photographers with the orange rust colors, many stacks, pipes flywheels and much more. Very family friendly as it offers something for everyone AND IT IS FREE!

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If the vast iron smoke stacks of the naturally weathered furnaces in autumn colors doesn't pique your interest then the winding tunnels running underneath the monstrous beast should! It is hauntingly beautiful and serves as a unique backdrop to pictures. The steel mill was the backbone that built Birmingham. There is a modern information center handsomely adorned with pics, props... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never imagined I would be so intrigued by this place! There is so much history and takes you back to another time when men worked harder than we can fathom. The self-guided tour gives you time to take it all in and explore the crevices of this gem. Highly recommend.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is a very interesting place. Too bad they let it deteriorate for years before making it a national landmark. I can only imagine what this place would have looked like in its heyday! Still yet the self-guided tour was interesting and gave you a glimpse of what an iron furnace looked like in the early 1900's.

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This place was so cool! There are guided tours and self-guided tours, and we did a self-guided. Great photo spots, and the vastness of the place is just astonishing. You can climb on some things, and it is very interactive. Complete and total must-see. If you go to one thing in AL, go here!

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Franklin, Kentucky
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

If you travel to Birmingham, taking the time to visit the Sloss Furnaces is a must due. From the time you enter the 32-acre blast furnace plant your imagination goes wild. Iron was made here for nearly 100 years. Now it is a museum of history and industry. The site has a collection of machinery, building and industrial structures. Sloss... More 

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