On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham’s Vulcan began to take shape

On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham’s Vulcan began to take shape
Statue of Vulcan at Vulcan Park, Birmingham, 2006. (Romana Klee, Flickr)

November 4, 1936

Birmingham’s Vulcan statue sits high atop the Magic City and has earned notoriety as the largest cast-iron statue in the world and among the tallest statues in the nation. It was created as Birmingham’s entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World’s Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. On this day in 1936, the first section of the statue was hoisted onto the newly built tower at Vulcan Park on Red Mountain. Vulcan is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot-tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge.

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For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

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