Sloss Furnace

Although the actual furnaces shut down and ceased to function decades ago, Sloss Furnaces still remains a popular site for tourists and Birmingham locals alike.

Coal Mining in Alabama

Alabama’s extensive history of coal mining began 150 years ago in the small town of Montevallo. According to MiningArtifacts.org, “the first systematic underground mining occurred in the Cahaba field near Montevallo in 1856.” At the time, the south’s economy relied heavily on agriculture and mining to sustain the growing population.