This is inside Gip’s Place, the last of the real Alabama Juke Joints, and the last of the real Juke Joints that I wanted to be sure I visited before they’re gone. That’s the man himself down in front, just shy of his 97th birthday. If you’re ever in or anywhere remotely near Bessemer, Alabama on a Saturday night, you should definitely seek it out.
This was an unexpected and fairly chilling surprise. When I visited Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama a few weeks ago (see photo here), it was decked out for their annual Halloween Sloss Fright Furnace haunted house. I didn’t know that and I was there really early in the morning for a visit. I turned a corner and came face to face with a skeleton dangling from the rafters. It took my brain a bit to catch on, but I enjoyed my daytime visit through this haunted furnace.
This is Vulcan, the largest cast iron sculpture in the world at 56 ft. (17 m). Created as Birmingham, Alabama’s entry in the 1904 World’s Fair, it now sits on Red Mountain overlooking the city.
Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama was a major producer of pig iron from 1882 to 1971. Now it is a National Historic Landmark and open for tours. I got there early in the morning and had it all to myself. It made for some pretty cool industrial landscape shots. This one was my favorite.