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Birmingham

Sloss Furnaces

Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers glimpses into the city’s industrial past. Having produced iron for nearly 90 years, they gave rise to the city of Birmingham in Alabama. Sloss Furnaces was operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites and the only blast furnace in the U.S. to be preserved for public use.

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.

Prints and greeting cards of the old steel mills make for artwork sales.