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Sloss Furnaces by Karen R. Utz
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This may be more of a review of the facility than the book, but what a place. Not being an engineer or mechanic or a manual laborer I was so taken with this plant and just marvelled at what was on display. There are 32 acres and most of it is taken up with machinery with easy to read legends and descriptions of what went on there. My wife, who had little interest starting out, and I spent hours just wandering trying to imagine a workday, much less a career, spent making pig iron. The book with many pictures and accompanying text help fill in what the imagination lacks. The book without the visit of course does not give the perspective of just how large and dangerous the place is, but is quite a reminder of what we saw.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738566233, Paperback)

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the only 20th-century blast furnace in the nation being preserved and interpreted as an industrial museum. Since reopening in 1983, Sloss Furnaces has become an international model for similar preservation efforts and presents a remarkable perspective of the era when America grew to world industrial dominance. At the same time, Sloss is an important reminder of the dreams and struggles of the people who worked in the industries that made Birmingham the “Magic City.” Today Sloss is not only dedicated to preservation and education but serves as a center for community and civic events. Site tours and public presentations provide insight into Sloss’s industrial heritage as well as a rare glimpse of an early Birmingham that has all but disappeared.

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