Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces (HMFJP)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35222 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 31.284', W 86° 47.412'

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The crossing of railroads in 1872 adjacent to this site gave rise to the industrial city of Birmingham. In 1881 Alabama railroad magnate and entrepreneur James Withers Sloss, capitalizing on the unusual coincidence of coal, iron ore and limestone in the area, founded the Sloss Furnace Company as an iron manufacturer and built blast furnaces beside the railroad crossing. Production of pig iron at Sloss Furnaces began in 1882 and continued for almost 90 years. Early 20th century additions to the facility represent important technological developments in the iron-making process and serve as a monument to the thousands who have worked in Birmingham industry.

Donated to the City of Birmingham in 1971 by Jim Walter Corporation, the Sloss Furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981.
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Year Placed1984
Placed ByBirmingham Historical Society in Cooperation with the Sloss Furnace Association
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 8:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 519482 N 3709111
Decimal Degrees33.52140000, -86.79020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 31.284', W 86° 47.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 31' 17.04" N, 86° 47' 24.72" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2901-3199 AL-7, Birmingham AL 35222, US
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