Unsolved Mysteries of Ala.: Sloss Furnace

Kadian Ott, Buzz News Reporter

Although there are so many crimes that get solved, there are still a few that go unsolved. Some have even happened in our state. If you are even slightly interested in learning about the events that led up to the unknown, then you are in the right place.

To begin with, we have the chilling case of the Sloss Furnace. Birmingham’s Sloss Furnace took ore and coal and transformed it into steel from 1882 before it closed in 1971.

James “Slag” Wormwood was the supervisor between sunset and sunrise, in the early 1900s. It was said that Slag made the workers work in absolutely horrible conditions, and the only people who would work were those that had no other options. He did not allow his workers any holidays or breaks.

In addition to this, he was said to have forced his workers to take extreme risks. However, in 1906, “Slag” apparently stumbled and fell into melted iron ore, melting his body instantly, from the highest blast furnace. This was unusual because prior there was no account of “Slag” ever standing on the blast furnaces.

Many people believe that “Slag” was murdered by his employees because they had finally had enough of the abuse. Since this occurrence, Sloss Furnace is said to be haunted by “Slag.” There have been reports of an “unnatural presence” and people being pushed by a man that resembled “Slag.”

Although there is no substantial evidence proving precisely what happened, it is still a fascinating case to read.