On January 12, 2012, Heather Guy presented a program on the history of Sloss Furnaces at the Bessemer Public Library. Heather is the education coordinator at Sloss, and she brought photos and artifacts to complement her slide show.
In April, 1882, the furnaces went into blast and within a year had sold 24,000 tons of iron. read the story of Sloss here.
Sloss produced pig iron. This is pig iron, much smaller than the ones produced by the furnace back in the day.
Here is a picture of a group of workers at Sloss.
Here a lone iron worker is dwarfed by the hot furnace.
Sloss Furnaces is now a National Historic Landmark. A visit to Sloss Furnaces is worth the time. Information on hours, etc, can be found here.
Many community events are held at Sloss, including Stokin' the Fire Barbecue competition in the summer and Sloss Fright Furnace in October
One annual event at Sloss is sponsored by Central Alabama Pride; Pridefest is during the month of June. Read about Pridefest 2009 here.