Birmingham is about to illuminate one of its most iconic skyline features — Sloss Furnaces.
Mark the Date and Time
On Tuesday, June 21, at 8:30 p.m — Mayor Randall Woodfin and friends of Sloss will “flip the switch“ — lighting the 140 year-old historic landmark’s water tower, boilers and smokestacks. The new energy efficient lights will be a permanent nighttime feature.
“Ironmaking is the foundational industry of Birmingham and as a National Historic Landmark, we are so glad to help this important part of our history shine brighter,” said Cathy Sloss Jones, President of Sloss Real Estate and board member of Sloss Furnaces.
Where to Watch?
Since Sloss Furnaces is currently closed to the public due to construction and preparation for The World Games, we’ve got a few suggestions on how to catch the lighting.
The best places to view this awe-inspiring moment will be anywhere you can see Sloss from, including but not limited to:
- Back Forty Brewing Co.
- Any of the lots at Pepper Place
- Any viaducts over the train tracks, especially the 35th St. Bridge
- Barker Park – 2 blocks north of Protective Stadium (directions)
- On the Hugh Kaul Trail, a couple of blocks west of the new Ghost Train Brewing Taproom
- Vulcan Park and Museum
- Altamont Park (for people taking an evening walk- no parking is available)
- Highland Avenue Red Mountain Expressway Overpass — near Freddy’s
After Sloss is “lit”, the best “drive-by” view will be on 1st Avenue North traveling east out of downtown.
Appreciate Birmingham’s History
Make plans Tuesday night at 8:30pm to watch the special lighting.
“As part of our family legacy, this is especially meaningful to me. My hope is by lighting Sloss Furnaces, residents and visitors will recognize and appreciate Birmingham’s history that much more. Together we invite the whole community to watch as we turn on the lights this Tuesday,” added Jones.
Tags on Social Media
“Light Up Sloss” is an initiative of Sloss Furnaces Foundation. Help encourage people to watch the lighting and share pictures or video on social media, by using the hashtag #slossfurnaces