My Birmingham List: #27 The Vulcan

The Vulcan was one of the first things I wanted to see when I moved to Birmingham. After deciding that I wanted to do a “New Year, New City” card to send to my friends around the new year, I knew that I had to take my picture with the man of iron.

Standing more than 56 ft tall, The Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue. Vulcan was designed in 1904 by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti, and cast from local iron. It has overlooked Birmingham since the 1930s.

It was an incredibly cold day, and standing on the catwalk wasn’t really easy for me (you can see straight down to the ground. It’s high up!) but we managed to have fun, learn a lot about Birmingham and enjoy the view–of downtown Birmingham, and Mr. Vulcan’s cast iron buns.


My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lovers Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan