During a post war period, Col. James Withers Sloss not only promoted the development of Southern rail, but became one of the chief proponents of Alabama’s postwar industrial development.
In 1871 he struck a deal with the L&N Railroad to complete a 67-mile gap of the South and North Railroad between Birmingham and Decatur. Ultimately reaching the Gulf of Mexico, the L&N invested more than $30 million in furnaces, mines, wharves, steamship lines and other Alabama operations.
In the early 1880s, with the backing of Henry DeBardeleben, Sloss founded the Sloss Furnace Company, and two years later ‘blew-in’ the second blast furnace in Birmingham. Called City Furnaces, the plant was located at the eastern edge of downtown, at the intersection of two major railroads.
After its first year of operations, the furnace had sold 24,000 tons of iron. At the 1883 Louisville Exposition, the company won a bronze medal for ‘best pig iron.’
Sloss received National Historic Landmark designation in 1981 and opened its gates in September 1983, as a museum of the City of Birmingham. Its collection consists of two 400-ton blast furnaces and some forty other buildings.
Nothing remains of the original furnace complex. The oldest building on the site dates from 1902 and houses the eight steam-driven “blowing-engines” used to provide air for combustion in the furnaces. The engines themselves date from the period 1900-1902 and are a unique and important collection—engines such as these powered America’s Industrial Revolution. The boilers, installed in 1906 and 1914, produced steam for the site until it closed in 1970.
Sloss is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the U.S. being preserved and interpreted as an historic industrial site. The dramatic scale and complexity of the plant’s industrial structure, machines and tools make the Sloss collection a unique contribution to the interpretation of twentieth-century ironmaking technology and presents a remarkable perspective on the era when America grew to world industrial dominance. At the same time, Sloss is an important reminder of the hopes and struggles of the people who worked in the industries that made some men wealthy, and Birmingham the “Magic City.”
SLOSS FEST ANNOUNCES 2018 DAILY LINEUPS
Single day tickets on sale this Thursday, February 8th – 10am!
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival, headlined by Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and GRiZ, has released the daily lineups for each day of the two-day festival. Fans will be able to purchase single-day General Admission, Iron & VIP tickets beginning this Thursday, February 8th at 10:00am CST at SlossFest.com.
A limited number of single-day general admission tickets will be available starting at only $75.00 plus fees. Single Day Iron & VIP tickets will also be available. Prices will increase as allotments run out. All ticket options are subject to additional fees and service charges.
Two-day General Admission, Iron, VIP and Boss passes are also on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and online at SlossFest.com
Sloss Music & Arts Festival is sponsored by Bud Light, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Monster Energy Drink, BBVA Compass, Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alabama Outdoors, Tito’s Vodka, Aviate, Altec, Good Grit Magazine and Telegraph Branding.
About Red Mountain Entertainment:
Red Mountain Entertainment is based in Birmingham and is one of the leading independent promoters in America. RME exclusively books the Beale Street Music Festival, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, The Wharf Amphitheater, Riverfest and Iron City and promotes shows throughout the Southeast. For more information on Red Mountain Entertainment, visit RedMountainEntertainment.com
About AC Entertainment:
AC Entertainment is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in creating, producing, booking, and marketing first-class live entertainment experiences – from festival and concerts to all types of special events. As producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Sloss Festival, High Water Festival, and Big ears Festival, and through the 1,000+ concerts they present nationally each year, AC takes special pride in those unforgettable, spine-tingling moments that everyone remembers, long after the lights have come up. For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.
About Venue Management Inc:
For 20 years VMI has created and collaborated with others to present unique popular events throughout the state of Alabama. Venue Management created and produces the popular Sloss Fright Furnace, rated one of the top Halloween haunted trails in the country (ranked #8 by Roadtrippers.com for 2014). VMI also collaborates with Free the Hops for Magic City Brewfest and Rocket City Brewfest in Huntsville and works with first tier promoters such as Red Mountain and AC to present music that will enhance the quality of life in Birmingham.