Sloss Furnace began operation shortly after the Civil War and continued until 1970. It was a huge producer of iron and steel, which was used in buildings all over the United States. Sloss Furnace also provided the necessary material for weaponry during times of war and even produced common household products.
Sloss Furnace is also considered the most haunted place in Alabama. An untold number of men lost their lives at Sloss Furnace, due to the dangerous working conditions.
In the 1990’s, a foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood was in charge of the night operations at the furnace. In spite of limited visibility and extremely dangerous working conditions, Slag wanted his shift to produce at the highest level.
Slag refused to allow the men to have any breaks. He would push them to work beyond their limits and completely disregarded the safety of his crew. As a result, substantially more men were killed in workplace accidents whenever Slag was in charge.
Slag died one night when he “fell” into the largest furnace at the facility. The workers claimed Slag slipped off the walkway; however, Slag would have no reason to be on that walkway and the story was viewed with great suspension.
In spite of the lack of evidence, everyone believed the night crew murdered Slag by throwing him into the furnace.
Various people have claimed to see Slag haunting the area. He appeared to them as a badly burned man or as a man on fire. They said Slag would push them and yell for them to “Get back to work!” A few people that claimed to have seen Slag, also suffered severe burns when touched by him.
The hauntings at Sloss Furnace have been investigated by numerous paranormal investigative teams, including Ghost Adventurous, Ghost Hunters, and psychic investigators from AIRLINE.