Sloss Furnace (Ghost Adventures) - Zak leads the team to Birmingham, AL, to investigate
Sloss Furnaces. Built in 1881, this factory was a dangerous place to
work. Many workers died and many more were injured. It's the souls of
these workers that are believed to inhabit and haunt the factory.
Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the
United States. It 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. In 1981 the furnaces were designated a National Historic
Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
James Withers Sloss was one of the founders of Birmingham, helping to
promote railroad development in Jones Valley, Alabama and participating
in the Pratt Coke and Coal Company, one of the new city's first
In 1880 he formed his own company, the Sloss Furnace
Company, and began construction of Birmingham's first blast furnace on
50 acres of land donated by the Elyton Land Company for
The engineer in charge of construction was Harry
Hargreaves, a former student of the English inventor Thomas Whitwell.
The two furnaces, of the Whitwell type, were 60 feet (18 m) tall and 18
feet (5.4 m) in diameter. The first blast was initiated in April 1882.
24,000 tons of high quality iron were produced in the first year. Sloss
iron won a bronze medal at the Southern Exposition held in 1883 at
Sloss is currently used to hold metal arts
classes, a barbecue cookoff, Muse of Fire shows, and concerts. Being a
reportedly haunted location, it is also an annual Halloween haunted
attraction. Once a year, Sloss Furnaces hosts a "Ghost Tour" based on a
story written by Alabama folklorist Kathryn Tucker Windham.