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The two RV Gypsies at Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Drive
on Red Mountain
in Birmingham, Alabama
May 3, 2016

map of Alabama showing location of Red MountainWelcome to Vulcan Park sign

The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and 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. It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. The statue is the world's largest iron-ore statue, and among the nation's tallest.

Gift shop sign

admission hours and prices

View of the parking lot

View of the parking lot

View of the parking lot

information bullhorn

Below: There were a lot of informative signs about Vulcan Park and Birmingham all around the bottom of the statue. In order for them to be readable on this website, they are a bit large and may take an extra moment or two to load.

sign: Designing Culcan Park

sign about The Iron Man - Vulcan
sign about the Mineral Railroad Trestle
sign showing before Birmaingham view of Birmingham
sign - a new city view of Birmingham
sign about The Lone Pine Mine

Industrial sign

map on the floor outside of the Vulcan Museum

sign about Birmingham District Minerals

sign about Building the Park

sign about visiting the park

By 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama’s rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe.

Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum.

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sign about restoring Vulcan Park

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