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No More Fire (Sloss Furnace—Birmingham, Alabama)

Within a thirty-mile radius of Birmingham, Alabama there were abundant deposits of coal, limestone, dolomite, and clay—all the ingredients necessary to produce iron. James Withers Sloss built furnaces to produce pig iron in 1892 and the furnaces did not stop burning until ninety years later.

In the late 1920's, an estimated 500 employees produced 400 tons of pig iron daily. In 1960’s, stricter air pollution standards ,foreign imports, and other factors shut down the furnaces.

In 1981, Sloss Furnace became a National Historic Landmark.

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