Spooky Alabama: The Frightening Sloss Furnace
At this point, Halloween is just days away. What makes a great Halloween for me? It’s the creative Halloween costumes, candy, and haunted locations. Alabama is filled with spooky spots filled with tales of an eerie history.
A fun day trip during the spooky season is the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. I have visited numerous times. It is a great place to take photos and check out a concert. But, in the back of your mind, you are thinking about its spooky past.
Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public. “Sloss Furnaces operated from 1882-1970, making it the longest continually running blast furnace in Birmingham’s history,” noted on the Sloss Furnaces website. In knowing the history, the foundation of Sloss was paramount to the Industrial Revolution.
The haunted history of Sloss has always captured my attention. Birmingham residents would still chat about dangerous working conditions. Many accidents resulted in death back in the 1800s.
The Travel Channel lets us know that “at night, this old building, now a national landmark, still echoes with noises from its perilous past. Screams are heard, apparitions are seen, and on the second floor of the Blower Building, there's the sinister presence known as "Slag," an overly cruel foreman who can still be heard belittling his crew.”
Sadly, for the first time in 24 years, Sloss Fright Furnace is closed for the 2020 season. Trust me; I was ready to scream. “Sloss, like all-indoor haunted houses, cannot operate safely during a pandemic. Health department officials have made this very clear to us. Sloss Furnace was built in 1881 with tight quarters and poor ventilation, which is not conducive to opening during a pandemic.”
Sloss Furnaces is on the National Historic Landmark, is open to the public and following COVID-19 guidelines. Click here for details on their guided and self-guided tours. Click here to take a virtual tour.