On this day in Alabama history: Industrialist James Sloss died

On this day in Alabama history: Industrialist James Sloss died
Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, 2016. (DXR, Wikipedia)

May 4, 1890

James Sloss played a pivotal role in the growth of Reconstruction-era Birmingham. He founded the furnaces that still carry his name, but also was key in bringing the railroad to Birmingham in 1871. It was this immediate shot of growth that earned the nickname “Magic City.”

After selling the furnaces, Sloss presided over the Birmingham Water Works Board. He died at the age of 70 on May 4, 1890. He had nine children with his first wife, Mary, and later fathered three children with his second wide, Mattie.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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