We spent two nights with our friends Adrienne and Bill in Birmingham. As I mentioned, they had pizza waiting for us when we arrived and after we ate, we sat down to watch the Presidential debate together. Very interesting….???? I am not a Trump fan and he did nothing to change my mind. Oh. my. goodness.
Since we have been to Birmingham before and have visited all of the historical Civil Rights sites in the past, we decided to go to the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and to Vulcan Park and Museum. I had no idea that Birmingham had been called “The Pittsburgh of the South” and had been such an industrial powerhouse. Sloss Furnaces produced iron for almost 90 years beginning in the late 1800s and today you can walk through the grounds and see all of the huge structures up close. We watched a short film about the history of the plant before exploring on our own. It’s pretty massive and impressive and we could just imagine what it must have been like back in its day. You can read more here.
We then went to Vulcan Park and Museum. Vulcan is the Roman god of the forge, son of Jupiter and Juno. According to mythology, he worked as a blacksmith after being thrown from Mt. Olympus, making weapons and armor for the gods and goddesses, though he was peaceful himself. Birmingham’s Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue, designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904. Vulcan has stood over the city since the 1930s. We went through the museum and then took the elevator to a deck near the top of the statue where we could look out over Birmingham. Learn more about Vulcan here.
It was great to get to visit with Adrienne and Bill again (we’d seen them a couple of years ago on another road trip) and we always have a good time hanging out with them. In fact, they are meeting us in New Orleans in a few weeks!