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Guided Hike: Mining History

  • Ruffner Mountain 1214 81st Street South Birmingham, AL, 35206 United States (map)

Join Gary Bostany on a hike at Ruffner Mountain while learning the history and its early mining beginnings. View some of the mining relics, including an iron-ore crusher at mine #3. Learn about the extended railroad system “the old mineral railroad” that serviced Ruffner and the rest of the Red Mountain ridge. Ruffner Mountain was once home to the Sloss-Sheffield Mines where iron-ore and limestone were extracted and sent to the blast furnaces at Sloss.

The hike is over 3 miles total, usually about 3 hours, with moderate to difficult inclines and slopes. Adults and children 10 and up are welcome. We will meet at the nature center. Please bring water and any snacks to enjoy.

Gary Bostany is a volunteer educational docent at Vulcan Park and Museum, and a history buff regarding Birmingham’s early days of the making of Iron and steel.

Registration is required for this program.

Earlier Event: November 17
Storytime on the Mountain
Later Event: November 19
Monday Night Yoga