When you think of hauntings, you think of hospitals, asylums, old homes, and hotels. These places have hundreds of people in and out of them and are so historically rich you have to take a day off to get all the information. Well what comes to mind when you think of old industrial parks. The deaths that took place by accident or negligence are overlooked many times without any real reason. Well friends, we decided to see just how active one of these landmarks could be.
Sloss Furnace is one of the oldest, still standing, iron mills in the southeast. Built in 1881 the furnace housed the 2nd blast furnace in Birmingham. Workers employed ended up living on the grounds in order to keep up with demand and were paid in “clackers” instead of US dollars. A coined term stated that “If you worked at Sloss, you belong to Sloss” this became a running phrase thru the employees and visitors thru the years.
Many stories of beaten workers, deaths, and murders circulated as legend and lore after the building shut its doors and stopped producing the ore actively. Reports of voices, hearing the workers, and machinery have been spread throughout the paranormal community.
P.O.I. took part in an investigation gathering and we were eager to get into the doors and see what we could find.
The team met up with Dustin Pari (Paranormal Rockstar), Mike Roberts and Scott Tepperman (Ghost hunters International) and we spent the evening in groups scouring the property that housed the furnace. Though it was hard to decipher anything paranormal, we did find a few interesting results both with the naked ear and on our recorders.
This was one of my favorite investigations. Not only was this a historic location, but we met a lot of different paranormal groups and people; all who were wonderful to work with and very welcoming in the community.
We got a firsthand tour of the whole place from many of the group leaders that have been over the establishment many times.
My favorite part was when we were let into the underground tunnels. It was very dark and cold down there and had that really creepy feel to it. Upon exploring past the cart that was still on the tracks, we found a staircase that led to another room above ground.
The small room had what looked to be large digging equipment of some kind in there and other dead end staircases that led to the high towers that were too rickety to climb. Feanix started asking questions to see if anyone was in there with us and as she stated that we are not here to harm anyone we both hear “Liar” from a male’s voice. Here’s the kicker, Feanix and I were the only ones in that room together, no one else was around in other rooms or sections by us and last time I checked we are both female so there was no way we could have hit that deep tone ourselves.
Other experiences I had for this location, included seeing dark shadow figures that look to be people walking through the halls and in the furnace area and feeling the sensation that someone is always watching you. I do not feel that the watching you is a bad feeling. I believe the spirits of Sloss are as curious of us as we are of them. I look forward to going back and seeing what else we can find in those old metal halls.
We have reviewed the recording and have found so much that it is taking double the time to pull them all for you to hear them. We are working hard to get them up and appreciate your patience.
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Most Active LocationsPOI has had the pleasure of investigating many said-to-be haunted and historical locations. Several of these hot spots provided us with phenomenal evidence, while others were easily debunked. Here are a few of the most active location we've experienced to date: Sloss Furnace | Birmingham, Alabama
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