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Old 12-27-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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Today I set out to try and find the legendary Sloss No. 2 Ore Mine location.










This iron ore mine was operated by the Sloss Sheffield Steel and Iron Company and was considered a captive mine because it provided ore exclusively for Sloss blast furnaces.

This undisclosed location shelters some unbelievable historic structures and the actual mine portal dated 1890. Mules were used underground to tram ore cars to the main slope as late as 1941.










The plant was typical of the slope mines along this mountain. Ore cars were hoisted from underground heading up the main slope and onto a tipple. This is a site plane showing the hoist house and mine shaft to help better understand the layout of the site.








The architectural details of this 1830’s structure is fascinating. The hoist house was constructed around 1917 and originally housed a Connellsville Steam Hoist.





In 1920 the technology was updated from steam to this 1500 H.P. 2200V General Electric Motor that is still intact along with the massive cable system.














This historically rich site operated from 1890 to 1959.



Remember, these operations were in existence to supply raw materials to the blast furnaces. I stopped at the actual Sloss blast furnace to give you an idea of how massive these operations were.













This site was the worlds largest manufacturer of foundry pig iron. In time it came to be said that, so far as the American foundry trade was concerned, there were two basic categories: Alabama on the one hand and the rest of the United States on the other.















This fantastic example of Southern Industrialization went out of blast in 1970 and, thankfully, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981.









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Old 12-27-2007, 09:33 AM   #2
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They did a good job of filling that in. Too bad.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:33 AM   #3
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Great read, thanks. I'm just up the road from Birmingham in N. Alabama.

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Old 12-27-2007, 09:37 AM   #4
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very cool ride report and history lesson. Looks like a fun ride, thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:21 AM   #5
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Debandi must be bucking for State Historian. You know I have to see all the stuff you have posted recently. I gotta figure out a route through Talladega and to that wooffaluski (or whatever creek) of GSBS's and get over that way.

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Old 12-27-2007, 12:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tour, report and pics
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:01 PM   #7
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Your reports just keep getting better and better!!!

Thanks for sharing yet again!
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:10 PM   #8
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Great ride report, good photos and very interesting subject matter.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:18 PM   #9
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Your reports just keep getting better and better!!!
Yes they do! Great write up, pics, and subject!
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:27 PM   #10
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Another great report!


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Old 12-27-2007, 05:04 PM   #11
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Thanks DeBandi,

Keep em comin ! ! ! ! !
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:29 PM   #12
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Love the historical ride reports

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Old 12-27-2007, 07:31 PM   #14
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Great Pictures

I was lucky enough to see Sloss No. 2 before they filled it in but for some reason I didn't get a pic. Pictures
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:57 PM   #15
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I'm loving this series of reports.


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